A good crowd of interested local people from Coalisland and other areas of East Tyrone packed into Western House on Wed 23/4/15 to learn about the current Irish Language Bill that is out for public consultation until 5 May 2015. Caoimhín Mac Giolla Bhéin and Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh from Conradh na Gaeilge travelled up to explain the process and a representative from DCAL was present to answer any queries regarding submissions from the public.
Pobal's in-depth proposals for what an Irish Language Act should contain were also discussed and explained. They are based on best practice in the application of indigneous and minority language laws in various countries around the world. A few weeks ago, their proposals received the backing of 9 University Professors, each a recognised authority in the area of language law, as the best foundation for an Irish Language Act.
Arsing from our meeting, a range of online methods were recommended for people when submitting their support for the bill to DCAL. Take note that citizens living in other countries are also allowed to submit applications, so please encourage your family, relations and friends in the huge Irish diaspora abroad to become involved. People of all ages can submit their support as well.
Here are the online methods:
A). The 20 sec online Conradh na Gaeilge questionnaire. It submits direct to DCAL. Click Here
B). For citizens who have time to make a more considered submission, The Irish Language version of the official Bill submission document with Pobal's recommendations included is available below. An individual can add their own thoughts and email it to DCAL at firstname.lastname@example.org
C). For citizens who have time to make a more detailed submission, the English Language version of the official Bill submission document with Pobal's recommendations included is available below. An individual can add their own thoughts and email it to DCAL at email@example.com
The online methods are much faster and efficient than by post but should anyone which to submit paper versions of the above or a simple note, a short letter, a long letter - whatever form of written submission that suits - make sure it arrives on or before Tuesday 5th May 2015.
If you need any help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 00 44 28 8774 1576 or 0044 7823773324.
Go raibh maith agaibh uilig.