The first group of students from Fingal County Council to complete Gaelchultúr’s Certificate in Professional Irish course were presented with their certificates by Chief Executive Paul Reid at an event which took place in the County Hall, Swords, on the 11th of March. Also present were Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill and Cllr. Mags Murray, mayor of Fingal. In their speeches they both praised the participants for their hard work and Fingal County Council for its commitment to the promotion of the Irish language.
The Certificate in Professional Irish is an accredited course which gives public sector employees an opportunity to learn specialised language relating to their work and gain a recognised qualification at the same time. The Certificate in Professional Irish is aimed at frontline staff who provide a service through Irish, or who wish to do be able to do so in the future.
Nineteen council employees completed the Certificate in Professional Irish at Levels 3 and 4 (NFQ) in Swords and in Blanchardstown, and the courses were highly successful. A further 24 members of staff were awarded certificates for completing a beginners’ preparatory course. These figures are evidence of the huge interest in Irish in the County Council.
Both the enthusiasm of the participants and the atmosphere at the presentation event were a testimony to the great work being carried out in the council to promote Irish and make it more widely used. Speaking at the event, Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education, praised the students for their hard work and dedication.
“All the students made significant progress during the course and the entire class achieved excellent results. It’s very important that Irish speakers have access to services through Irish from Fingal County Council, and in order to ensure that that happens it’s essential to offer specialised training to employees. We in Gaelchultúr are very thankful to the council for giving us the opportunity to conduct that training and we look forward to continuing the cooperation between us in the years ahead.”
Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill spoke about the importance of promoting Irish in the public sector and about Fingal County Council’s dedication to the language. He also commended Gaelchultúr for their work in supporting and helping organisations in the public sector in their efforts to promote the language and spread the use of Irish among their staff.
For more information, to organise an assessment or to register for the Certificate in Professional Irish, contact Gaelchultúr on (01) 484 5220 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.