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Ó Donnghaile to meet University of Ulster on future of Irish degree

7 September, 2015 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile said today he is to meet the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ulster about cuts to full-time Irish language degrees at the Belfast campus.

 NIall Ó Dhonnghaile said:

 “It’s not only Irish speakers who will be worried about this decision taken by the university.

 “Clearly there is a big demand for this course. It’s hard to believe that someone would end it especially when the National Student Survey said that this full-time Irish course in Belfast had a 100 per cent satisfaction rate among students who completed the course this year.

 “It’s not acceptable that four people will now be out of work as a result of locating just one course in Coleraine.

 “Belfast is the at the heart of the Irish language revival and education through the medium of Irish continues to grow.

 “It’s unbelievable therefore that the university intends to bring this course to an end.

 “This will mean that talented young people will be lost to the city to Galway and Dublin. What sort of message does that send out?

 “Students add to the life of any city and this Irish language course adds to the cultural, economic and social life of Belfast.

 “I have asked to meet with the University as soon as possible to discuss this decision.

 “I call too on all local political parties to stand against the cuts to the Executive’s budget being imposed by the British Tory party which is impacting on our ability to provide frontline public services.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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