Tag Archive for 'Gaeilge'

1970’s style discrimination being challenged with help of NI21

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough - Maggie MacKenrey in centre

Cllr Cadogan Enright left with Parents at Naíscoil in Killough – Maggie MacKenrey in centre

The South East Education and Library Board are refusing to allow Irish speaking children in Ardglass and Killough to use the yellow bus network to take children to school in Downpatrick.

I spoke to the headmaster at Downpatrick Primary School, and he had no objection to the yellow bus service being shared if the SEELB make sure that there are seats for all. I had a similar case with Irish speaking secondary school students from Ballyhornan and Downpatrick being refused transport that I took to the High Court and won with the help of their school.

Parents were shocked when the SEELB transport spokesperson them that SEELB were ignoring the  High Court, and I am now bringing this to the attention of the Ombudsman with help from Unionist MLA  John McCallister as sponsor.

Johns role in sponsoring this complaint demonstrates once again why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the community – putting people first no matter who or what they are.

SEE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE HERE   and here too

Dec 4 2013 Ardglass and Killough parents seek equality

An astonishing case of 1970’s style discrimination against children between 4 to 11 years of age whose only crime is to speak Gaelic.

Unionist politician John McAllister has agreed to sponsor this case to the Civil Service Ombudsman, again demonstrating why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the Community

sept 25 2013 5 YEAR CAMPAIGN TAKES ONE SMALL STEP FORWARD

The campaign to get transport to school for Irish speaking children continues.

After a comprehensive court victory followed by a 2-year administrative delay, the Department of Education claims that the Court ruling applies to only one bus route for one school and to no other school in Northern Ireland – the struggle for equality continues

Jan 30 2013 NITB Stance on Language Signs – and other interesting points

Jan 30 2013 NITB Stance on Language Signs0001 by CadoganEnright
JANUARY 30th 2013

Cllr Cadogan Enright worked with SF and other parties to find a compromise that distances Down Council from NITB in the decision to not allow dual language signs. This will ensure that the Council will not be joined in any legal action against the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for discrimination against Irish

MEAN WHILE SEE THIS LINK TO QUESTIONS IN STORMONT – THE NITB IS IN TROUBLE HERE WITH THE MINISTER TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO – THEN ABANDONING THEM WHEN THEY DO IT

NOTE ALSO THAT THE DEPARTMENT AND NITB HAVE ATTEMPTED TO WITHHOLD MINISTERIAL CORRESPONDENCE  – As of 15th July 2013 a complaint to the Information Commissioner Office has now been made re the Tourist Boards lack of response to our request for internal review of their decision to withhold the five Ministerial letters, the ICO have written to the NITB asking for them to respond in 20 days – if not the full complaint process kicks in

Sept 2012 – Update on Coláiste Feirste transport discrimination

This article from the Irish News  Sept 2012 is not quite factually correct but essence is ie – discrimination as pupils at  Coláiste Feirste experience continued discrimination one year after winning a conclusive High Court Case with delays from Department of education over implementation of High Court decision to provide buses for Irish speakers in the same manner as buses are provided for English speaking children. This affects not only 600 students in the Greater Belfast area, but across the 6 counties and locally here in Downpatrick and in Killough

Sept 2012 – update on Coláiste Feirste

discrimination continues as Coláiste Feirste experiences one more year of delays from Department of education over implementation of High Court decision to provide busses for Irish speakers in the same manner as buses are provided for English speaking children

Sept 2012 – update on Coláiste Feirste – prominent Republican speaks out

Prominent Republican hits out over discrimination as Coláiste Feirste experiences one year of delays from Department of education over implementation of High Court decision to provide buses for Irish speakers in the same manner as buses are provided for English speaking children – note legally Irish Medium Education is on a statutory par with Integrated Education in N.I. and is supposed to be actively promoted to overcome 100’s of years of discrimination since the peace process in 1998 BUT in practice spendind per student in the Irish Medium Sector falls short of not only spending in the Integrated Sector, but falls below that in the wider English Speaking sectors of education in NI (ref answer to question from DUP by Minister O’Dowd in Oct 2012)  Spending per pupil is on average £200 per annum less than the average of all other sectors.