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Delegation of Gaelschools to travel to the European Parliament – Liadh Ní Riada

23 February, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada will host a delegation of Gaelscoil students to the European Parliament to take part in the historic event of the first ever Role Play Games as Gaeilge to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016. 16 students from Gaelschools in Kilkenny, Kerry, Cork and Limerick will take part in the Delegation

Speaking ahead of the delegation on March 2nd, Liadh Ní Riada said,

"Seachtain na Gaeilge is the opportunity to celebrate our language and the contribution it has towards our culture and identity. Therefore I am proud to invite students from 6 randomly selected schools to the European Parlamentarium to be the first ever young people to make use of the Irish language facilities.

"The students will get the opportunity to step into the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament and in imaginary political groups; will discuss issues such as water solidarity and the migrant crisis and will need to find a compromise in order to legislate.

"This will all be done through the medium of Irish and I am delighted to be taking this initiative forward, particularly in the momentous year of 2016. It is vital that our young people are supported and encouraged throughout their education, but in particular with their command of languages.

"Since my election to the European Parliament in May 2014, I have made every effort to promote, protect and end the derogation faced by the Irish language.

"Irish language needs are not being met in Ireland or Europe. Irish should not be continually given second class status." ENDS


• Liadh Ní Riada is the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland's South constituency, and sits on the Parliament Committee on Culture and Education.
• The European Parliament's visitor centre provides special role-playing games for secondary school children in each official language of the EU. This will be the first time a group has availed of the games in the Irish language.
• Students from the following schools will travel to Brussels on the 1-2/2/2016.
◦ Gaelcholáiste Osraí, Kilkenny
◦ Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Kerry
◦ Gaelcholáiste Choilm, Cork
◦ Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, Cork
◦ Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary, Co. Cork
◦ Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick

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