Petition to Noel Larkin, Mayor Noel Larkin
Mayor Larkin: Do not support racist policies in the US
Dear Mayor Larkin, In the last minute publication in the Connacht Tribune on the 8th of March about your invitation to visit the President of the United States on the 16th of March, it reads that your message to President Trump will be in support of the “undocumented Irish” living in the US. This comment excludes every other group whose rights are currently being threatened. Your visit is scheduled for the same day that the new immigration ban (or Muslim ban) will take effect. The Irish are in a special position in the United States; we make up ~10% of the US population, and 50,000 Irish citizens currently have illegal status. President Trump required the support of Irish-Americans to increase his votes from the white population. This population is strongly influenced by Irish opinion, giving you a very special opportunity to stand up for equality for ALL, like your well-known namesake Big Jim Larkin, a national hero. The strongest message you could send that you care about all humans equally, regardless of skin colour, sex, or creed would be to refuse to meet President Trump on the day that a new racist ban will be implemented. Is it more vital spend this day with the President Trump who is denying basic human rights, the importance of protecting the environment, and the necessity of respectful international relations rather than promoting the true spirit of Galway as a diverse and cultural city? By ignoring the plight of the multitudes beyond the illegal Irish in the US, you are sending a strong message of exclusion to minority and immigrant populations here in Galway. Do not give President Trump the opportunity to use the visit of invited Irish delegates as propaganda for his racist policies.
Petition to Údarás na hOllscoile
Riachtanas Gaeilge- Uachtarán na hOllscoile- OÉ Gaillimh
BÉARLA THÍOS/// ENGLISH BELOW A chara, Tá moladh déanta ag Údarás Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh go gcuirfí ar ceal go hiomlán an riachtanas d'inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge do phost Uachtarán na hOllscoile. Iarraim do thacaíocht-sa do mholadh difriúil, is é sin, go mbeadh inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge ag an té a cheapfaí mar Uachtarán ar an Ollscoil seo ag tráth an cheapacháin nó laistigh d'achar sonraithe ina dhiaidh sin. Is moladh lán-dearfach, neamh-eisiach é seo. Chiallódh sé nach mbeadh bac ar dhuine ar bith cur isteach ar phost an Uachtaráin ar an mbonn nach raibh inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge acu, agus go mbeadh an té a cheapfaí inniúil ar Ghaeilge cheana féin nó go mbainfeadh sé/sí inniúlacht amach laistigh d'achar sonraithe ina dhiaidh sin. Creidim-se go bhfuil sé an-réasúnta bheith ag súil go mbeadh Uachtarán na hOllscoile seo inniúil ar dhá theanga oifigiúla na hÉireann, nó go mbainfeadh sé/sí sin amach laistigh d'achar sonraithe - agus gach seans go mbeidh an tUachtarán in oifig go ceann 10 bliain. Tá freagracht statúideach ar OÉ, Gaillimh oideachas trí mheán na Gaeilge a sholáthar, agus tá sé mar aidhmeanna straitéiseacha aici campas eiseamláireach dátheangach a chothabháil, agus tacú le pobail Ghaeilge agus Ghaeltachta. Bhain Gaillimh stádas mar Chathair Dhátheangach amach sa bhliain 2016. Tá Gaillimh ainmnithe ina Príomhchathair Chultúrtha Eorpach don mbliain 2020, agus roghnaíodh 'Teanga' mar cheann de thrí mhór-théamaí na cathrach ina leith sin. Tá tacaíocht fhairsing ag an moladh seo agamsa i measc na foirne acadúla, agus tá achainí ar aon dul leis an gceann seo sínithe ag a lán acu cheana féin. Pléifear an achainí ag cruinniú de Chomhairle Acadúil OÉ, Gaillimh an Déardaoin seo (16 Feabhra). Má thacaíonn tú leis an moladh seo, sínigh é anois, le do thoil! ------------------------------- A chara, The Governing Body of the National University of Ireland, Galway has proposed to remove completely the requirement for proficiency in Irish for the post of President of the University. I ask your support for an alternative proposal, namely, that the person appointed President of this University should have proficiency in Irish either on appointment or by a specified time thereafter. This is an entirely positive, non-exclusionist proposal. It would mean that no one would be excluded from applying for the post of President on the grounds of not having proficiency in Irish, and that whoever was appointed would either be proficient already or would become proficient by a specified time thereafter. I believe it is an entirely reasonable expectation that the President of this University - whose appointment is liable to be for 10 years - should have proficiency in the two official languages of Ireland already, or should achieve this within a specified period of time. NUI Galway has statutory responsibility for providing education through the medium of Irish, and two of its key strategic aims are to maintain an exemplary bilingual campus and to support Gaeltacht and other Irish-medium communities. Galway city achieved the status of Bilingual City in 2016. Galway was named European Capital of Culture for 2020, and Language was chosen as one of its three major themes in that context. This proposal of mine has widespread support from academic staff, many of whom have already signed a petition similar to this. It will be discussed at a meeting of the University's Academic Council this Thursday (16 February). If you support this proposal, please sign it now!