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Ó Cearbhaill elected as President of Conradh na Gaeilge

Ó Cearbhaill elected as President of Conradh na Gaeilge

At the Conradh na Gaeilge Ard-Fheis, which was held in Killarney this weekend, Cóilín ó Cearbhaill was elected as President, to succeed Donnchadh Ó hAodha. 
A native of Dublin, Ó Cearbhaill served as Tánaiste of the organisation before his election to the role of President. 

Speaking on his new appointment, Ó Cearbhaill emphasised the grassroots movement and said that “The Irish speaking community north and south have been sparked in to action to seek their language rights from the Governments”. 

Ó Cearbhaill contends the state systems and politicians throughout the island must provide adequate protection and support to the Irish speaking community, and he hopes the Gaeltacht community will be guaranteed State service through Irish, without condition or question, by the end of 2016.

The following emergency motion was passed during the Ard-Fheis based on the refusal to provide a bilingual jury in Irish and in English in a recent case before the Supreme Court:
The Ard-Fheis recommends that particular attention be given to the decision of the Supreme Court on the question of a bilingual jury in Irish and in English. As a solution we recommend an amendment to the Official Languages Act 2003 to ensure that a citizen, especially from the Gaeltacht, can be certain that all members of the jury will understand the evidence accurately without assistance or help

The Ard-Fheis is also calling for the repeal of The Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) 1737, which forbids the use of any language but English in court proceedings in the
north, to ensure language rights and equality in the courts for the Irish speaking community throughout the island.
The following motions, that support the all-island campaign for fairness for the Irish speaking community, were adopted on the weekend:

• The Gaeltacht community must be guaranteed State service through Irish, without condition or question, by the end of 2016;
• State services must be made available in Irish to the Irish-speaking community at the same standard as they are provided in English;
• A comprehensive rights-based Irish-language act must be enacted in the north;
• The Official Languages Act 2003 must be strengthened in 2014;
• The derogation of the status of Irish as an official language of the European Union must not be renewed after 1 January 2017; and
• The Irish-language and Gaeltacht community must be recognised as stakeholders in the implementation of The 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 in the south and in the Irish-Language Strategy in the north.

Foilsithe ar 03 Márta 2014

B’fhéidir go mbeadh spéis agat sna hailt seo a leanas:
Agallamh le Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, Tóstal na Gaeilge 2012 
Call for Irish language rights in Courts Services 
Man sought bilingual jury

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