Irish Language Officer: Sorcha Ní Chonghaile

Eoin Harte

The outgoing and sole candidate for Irish Language Officer Sorcha Ní Chonghaile is unfazed by calls to reopen nominations for the position.

A Facebook profile named Reopen Nominations has called for the more people to run for the office saying, “The Irish Language Officer stands to be re-elected unopposed in an undemocratic one horse race.”

The profile, who’s creator is currently unknown, made several complaints over the work Ní Chonghaile has done in the last college year and said that the officer should be politically neutral saying, “Currently this is not the case with the current officer having a leading role in a political youth wing.”

Ní Chonghaile understood why people would want there to be more than one candidate running for each position but that the way to ensure that would be to register to campaign.

“Its fine, I don’t hold personal grudges against anyone. If anyone wants to do that they’re totally entitled to but they need to register to campaign.

“You want to be able to have a say and I do totally understand where people are coming from, but it did feel very personal.

“If they cared so much they’d run in the first place,” Ní Chonghaile said.

One of the profile’s complaints was that there aren’t enough Irish language events organised on the Glasnevin campus and that at the time the profile was put there was nothing planned for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Ní Chonghaile explained that many of the events organised on the Glasnevin campus were poorly attended as there are no Gaeilge students there and that announcements on for Seachtain na Gaeilge are coming.

“Usually with most student union events, it’s released on the Thursday or Friday before the week begins because if you announce it prematurely no one’s going to come to the events.

“So that kind of hurt because I’ve planned like fifteen events for next week and most of them are on Glasnevin.”

While Ní Chonghaile admitted there are areas that can be improved upon, she was happy with what she achieved in her first year as Irish Language Officer.

“I got as much as I could’ve realistically got done last year going off my manifesto. I did pretty much what I wanted to do this year.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t get as much going this year in Glasnevin but it is difficult to hold events in Glasnevin when there’s nobody coming to them,” Ní Chonghaile explained.

Eoin Harte

Image Credit: Sorcha Ní Chonghaile