New university halls opened for Irish speaking students
A UNIVERSITY in the Republic has opened new student accommodation with places reserved for Irish speakers.
The first, and pilot group of students is already in residence for the academic year 2018/19 at NUI Galway/OÉ Gaillimh.
It is part of a three year plan to serve the Gaeltacht and Irish language community and create "an exemplary bilingual campus".
The aim of the scheme is to improve and broaden Irish language services for the university community.
NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said the promotion of the Irish language was a core value of the work and mission of the university.
"I am delighted to announce the re-opening of the Scéim Chónaitheach Gaeilge/Residential Language Scheme. This was a scheme initiated in NUI Galway more than 25 years ago, and it is fitting, in that context, to welcome a new generation of Irish speaking students to a designated Irish speaking area in Corrib Village," he said.