Conradh na Gaeilge will visit over 30 Irish-language courses again this year for the third summer running to get college cinnirí (prefects) involved in fun motivational Glac Leis workshops, and to tell all the students about the advantages of having Irish as an official working language at a European level, the services they are entitled to receive through Irish from public bodies at home in Ireland under the Official Languages Act of 2003, and of the job opportunities for them in the future in Ireland and in Europe.
Aodhán Ó Deá, Summer Colleges’ Coordinator of Conradh na Gaeilge’s Glac Leis campaign says: “It is vital that we encourage and enable the community of Irish speakers - especially young Irish speakers - to always to ask for service through Irish from state bodies, public companies and European institutes, and Conradh na Gaeilge is now informing the Irish-speaking community of the advantages and opportunities associated with the language, in Europe and here at home, with the language-rights’ campaign Glac Leis.”
they can get their age card, driver’s licence and passport in Irish;
that it is everybody’s right to use the Irish version of their name;
that car tax and eTolls can all be paid online in Irish;
that driving tests and NCT tests can be done through Irish; and
that everybody has a right to look for an Irish-language service from the Gardaí Síochána, for example.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Development and Office Executive with Conradh na Gaeilge says: “New employment opportunities in Irish are being continuously generated as not only do European institutes and public sector bodies in Ireland have Irish-language responsibilities, but international private businesses such as Microsoft, Samsung, Accenture and even Facebook are looking to the Irish language to give them a competitive advantage in Ireland; the Glac Leis awareness campaign informs young people attending summer colleges of their language rights and of the advantages of using their Irish.”