Advocacy and Representation
9 submissions were made to public bodies preparing draft language schemes under the Official Languages Act 2003.
Information regarding the Official Languages Act 2003 was provided to the public and to public bodies.
Awareness campaigns were organised encouraging the public to take part in the following public consultation processes:
Official Languages Act 2003
The New Funding Model for the Irish language voluntary sector
RTÉ’s Irish Language Policy
The Gaeltacht Bill 2012
The Independence of the Office of the Language Commissioner
Other actions taken include an online campaign, media coverage and contact with members of the Oireachtas and other interested parties. An Chomhdháil also provided comprehensive submissions regarding these matters.
An Chomhdháil took part in a focus group run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht regarding An Clár Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh and continued in discussions with the Department and other interested parties such as Comhluadar regarding suggestions for improvement of the programme.
Actively participated on the Coiste Seasta ar an nGaeloideachas and also played an active role on the committee: Meitheal Oibre ar Thaighde.
Active participant in the campaign to establish a Language Act in Northern Ireland.
An Chomhdháil played a central role in the Forum of Core-Funded Organisations, to address changes in the sector in conjunction with its member organisations, other core-funded organisations and both States.
Comprehensive pre-budget submission put to the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform regarding budgetary measures which could have implications for the Irish language.
Actively participated on the Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta.
Active role on the Coiste Stiúrtha for the INTEREG research and training project entitled Menter Iontach Nua.
Digital Services 2012
Comprehensive digital strategy undertaken this year with the overall aim of Gaelport.com being to the forefront on the digital stage.
Gold award received at the Digital Media Awards for the best online news.
Continuous development of the biggest news feeds on Gaelport.com:
Latest News: The latest stories from the Irish language community. Visitors to this page increased by 161%.
From the Papers: A daily news digest of the latest Irish language news stories from the national and regional pres. Visits to this page increased by 140%.
Jobs: A free online recruitment service. Visits to this page increased by 30%. 169 vacancies were advertised throughout 2012.
Events Diary: An events calendar detailing Irish language events around the world. Visits to this page increased by 24%. 358 events were advertised free of charge.
Courses: An online resource detailing training courses and Irish classes for all levels. Visits to this page increased by 300%. 82 Irish courses were advertised throughout 2012.
Gaelport.com Mobile launched and m.gaelport.com is available on all smart phones.
Review and development of e-zines to take place in early 2013.
7,040 subscribers to EOLAS, the fortnightly e-zine from Gaelport.com.
2,030 subscribers to From the Papers, the daily news digest.
Gaelport.com continuing to develop on digital and social platforms with multimedia material, videos and pictures published on YouTube (+236%), Facebook and Twitter (+46%).
Restructure of ‘Cogar’ the information service for broadcasters within the digital media. The latest information on radio courses shared on Facebook (+5%) and Twitter (+54%).
#Gtuít: Event organised for people with an interest in the Irish language and technology where attendees create networks by getting to know other Irish speaking users of the social media.
Gaelport.com sponsored the “Best Irish Language Website” category for the first time at this year’s Irish Web Awards.
Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge
Over 1695 students from 50 post-primary schools attended the Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge seminars throughout 2012.
Cuireadh Chun Cainte
A practical resource in the form of a DVD, guidebooks and advisory seminars was developed and delivered for those taking the Irish language oral at Leaving Cert level from 2012 onwards. This work was carried out in conjunction with Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge. The programme was broadcast on TG4 and received over 45,000 views on Youtube during the oral examination period.
Céim Chun Tosaigh: Ag Obair le Gaeilge
The career guidance package was produced by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge and Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge for second level students across Ireland. The package provides information and guidance on courses, training options and career paths in Ireland and abroad following completion of the Leaving Certificate and A Levels.
Turas na bhFilí
Full attendance at all events held as part of this cultural exchange between Ireland and Scotland. Once again this year there was great interest in the bilingual poetry competition held as part of the festival.
The sale of An Fáinne Óir, An Fáinne Airgid and An Seanfháinne continued throughout 2012 with the majority of the orders being made throught the website.
Mass leaflets were successfully delivered to 43 parishes throughout the year.
Over 25 participants took part in the 2 rounds of Ciorcal Comhrá Cois Teallaigh which ran this throughout 2012.
Buaiceanna na Bliana 2009