YFG to call on the Government to implement its election promise?

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More of the motions from the Young Fine Gael next weekend have been released and Wexford YFG have one calling on the Government to implement one of Fine Gael’s pre-election policies on the Irish Language. The motion reads

YFG calls on FG to live up to its election promise and removes Irish as a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate

The relevant part of the Fine Gael manifesto reads as follows

Fine Gael is committed to overhauling the way in which Irish is taught at primary and second levels of education, to ensure teachers are equipped with the right tools to instil a love of the language for all students and the curriculum is designed to inspire students to continue speaking the language after leaving school.

• We will overhaul the curriculum at second level and we will critically examine the effect of current training methods of teachers to teach. Irish as an optional subject for Leaving Certificate will only apply following consultations on both matters.

• We will allocate 50% of marks to oral Irish exams.

• We aim to double the proportion of Irish students sitting the Higher Level Leaving Certificate exam by 2018.

This is sure to get a big debate going on Saturday morning. The Irish Language policy caused a lot of division in the grassroots of Fine Gael and Young Fine Gael and is an issue that can regularly be heard debated in YFG/FG social events.

While I am all for a revision of the curriculum on Irish and in fact think it should be split into two subjects, Conversational and Literature. This should stop the learning by rote which is endemic in the learning of Irish, but should it be compulsory is a tough one.

Motions to be discussed at YFG Conference 2012

  • YFG proposes that an incentive for young farmers be introduced by increasing the number of training places in agricultural colleges – Laois YFG
  • YFG approves of the process of fracking as can it can prove a viable energy source in Ireland for the foreseeable future – UCD YFG
  • YFG proposes that the 1989 Incitement of Hatred Act be updated to include provisions relating to social media and social networking – Kilkenny YFG
  • YFG believes that a graduate tax should be introduced for all college graduates as a means of funding their education and the present entry fees should be phased out over 5 years. Households with an income of below €45,000 would be exempted – UCC YFG
  • YFG believes that it is imperative that the ECB renegotiates the current promissory note structure with the Government. It is in the best interests of the Irish economy, the ECB, the Euro and the European Union that the structure of the promissory notes system is changed. Failure to do so will create an unsustainable debt burden for Ireland, causing huge barriers to job creation and restricting growth in the Irish economy – YFG National Executive
  • Young Fine Gael strongly supports Ireland’s membership of the euro and the efforts of EU Government to stabilise the eurozone, and; calls on the Government to engage with other EU member states to implement real and lasting reform of the EU treaties and institutions to ensure that the dangerous political paralysis of the last two years can never be repeated. – Alfie Byrne YFG
  • YFG calls on FG to live up to its election promise and removes Irish as a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate – Wexford YFG
  • YFG call on the government to bring forward legislation allowing gay couples to adopt – DCU YFG
YFG proposes that an incentive for young farmers be introduced by
increasing the number of training places in agricultural colleges – Laois
YFG
YFG approves of the process of fracking as can it can prove a viable energy
source in Ireland for the foreseeable future – UCD YFG
YFG proposes that the 1989 Incitement of Hatred Act be updated to include
provisions relating to social media and social networking – Kilkenny YFG
YFG believes that a graduate tax should be introduced for all college
graduates as a means of funding their education and the present entry fees
should be phased out over 5 years. Households with an income of below
€45,000 would be exempted – UCC YFG
YFG believes that it is imperative that the ECB renegotiates the current
promissory note structure with the Government. It is in the best interests
of the Irish economy, the ECB, the Euro and the European Union that the
structure of the promissory notes system is changed. Failure to do so will
create an unsustainable debt burden for Ireland, causing huge barriers to
job creation and restricting growth in the Irp9olk,m ish economy – YFG
National Executive
Young Fine Gael strongly supports Ireland’s membership of the euro and the
efforts of EU Government to stabilise the eurozone, and; calls on the
Government to engage with other EU member states to implement real and
lasting reform of the EU treaties and institutions to ensure that the
dangerous political paralysis of the last two years can never be repeated.
– Alfie Byrne YFG
YFG calls on FG to live up to its election promise and removes Irish as a
compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate – Wexford YFG
YFG call on the government to bring forward legislation allowing gay
couples to adopt – DCU YFG

Cringe!! Th!nk Interview

So yea, I got sent the link of my th!nk interview! (Thanks Mantas!) So raather then let you people find it, here it is! The questions I am answering are:

1) what you think about the EP election results in your home country and 2) what have you learned from the project.

CRINGE!

I never realised I sounded so Irish!! Really in my head I dont sound so Irish…

Tips for future interviews greatly received!

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Friday Poetry Reflection, May 16th


Today for my Friday Poetry rubic, as Faoiseamh calls it, I have chosen a poem that my mother sent to me and it is a really nice poem. Incidently I get to see my parents for the first time in five months today so all excited!

So back to the poetry, the poem is an Irish poem, but I will post it in English also. The Poem is by Padraic Pearse and is called “Bean Sléibhe ag Caoineadh a Mhac” and in English it is called “A Woman of The Mountain Keens Her Son


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English Translation:

Grief on the death, it has blackened my heart:
lt has snatched my love and left me desolate,
Without friend or companion under the roof of my house
But this sorrow in the midst of me, and I keening.

As I walked the mountain in the evening
The birds spoke to me sorrowfully,
The sweet snipe spoke and the voiceful curlew
Relating to me that my darling was dead.

I called to you and your voice I heard not,
I called again and I got no answer,
I kissed your mouth, and O God how cold it was!
Ah, cold is your bed in the, lonely churchyard.

O green-sodded grave in which my child is,
Little narrow grave, since you are his bed,
My blessing on you, and thousands of blessings
On the green sods that are over my treasure.

Grief on the death, it cannot be denied,
It lays low, green and withered together,—
And O gentle little son, what tortures me is
That your fair body should be making clay !

This is my Mothers favourite poem, she says it reads better in Irish and I have to agree, though as its old Irish, compared to what I learned at school (I didn’t do Peg, thankfully) it dosen’t make much sense. The English on the other hand is still excellent and really does convey that sense of loss that must rack any Mother when a child dies. I love the way the poet can mak the birds sing “sorrowfully” as to most people birds songs are joyful. I suppose nature can always seem sympathetic to us humans if we interpret it with our moods.

What are your thoughts on the Poem?

Friday Poetry Reflection, 18th April


This week I have picked another Poem by an Irish poet. I am very patriotic since I came to Germany! This week I have chosen “On Raglan Road” by Patrick Kavangh (1904 – 1967)

On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion’s pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay –
O I loved too much and by such and such is happiness thrown away.

I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign that’s known
To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint. I did not stint for I gave her poems to say.
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had wooed not as I should a creature made of clay –
When the angel woos the clay he’d lose his wings at the dawn of day.

This poem has been in my head for the last two weeks or so. The problem was it was the second verse, I couldnt remember the first! I studied this poem for my Leaving Cert back in 2004 (God that makes me feel old now) and is probably one of my favourite Kavangh poems, I also like “Epic” and “Inniskeen Road: July Evening” which I also studied.

This poem, of course, can be sung, which is what I think draws me to it as I like to sing. I don’t know the original words to “Dawning of the Day” but the Sinead O’Connor version of this song is well worth looking up. I have never sang this song in public, but its one I might consider singing in the future.

The Irish Conservative Homosexual Agenda


Since I saw a post over on GayPatriot entitled “The Conservative Homosexual Agenda? ” and a newer post “What is the Gay Conservative Agenda? “, its has been milling around in my head, what about Irish Gay Conservatives? What do we want?

I think some of the commentors on the Gaypatriot posts kind of sum it up.

*Privacy
*Freedom
*Recognition of Relationships (note: not Marriage)
*No Sodomy Laws (Linked to privacy and freedom)
*No Discrimination (Negative or Positive)

These 5 principles for me sum up the basis for the Irish Gay Conservative Agenda.

The term “Gay Agenda” gets bandied about quite alot, but it seams to always refer to a Liberal agenda. Of course there is no one “Gay Agenda”, but multiple gay agendas in my opinion. They are in my opinion:

Liberal Left Gay Agenda (The one conservatives give out about)
Militant Gay Agenda (Peter Tachell et al)
Feminist Gay Agenda (People who use the gay agenda rights movement to try and reform the institution of marriage)
Among many others.

So for you dear readers what should an “Irish Gay Conservative Agenda” include?