NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
Special Commission Meet to Discuss League’s Future
Members of a ‘Special Commission’ appointed at the Celtic League’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Alba (Scotland) last year met recently to discuss proposals about how the organisation should potentially develop into the future.
At the 2011 AGM delegates agreed that the 50th anniversary year of the Celtic League should mark the beginning of a transitionary period for the organisation and an opportune time to consider recommendations on how the work of the League can be further enhanced. Members of the Special Commission met at Rhosllanergugog in Cymru (Wales) over the Easter period to discuss proposals on what recommendations should be presented to delegates at the next AGM. Over a two day period of intense discussion a number of possibilities of how the organisation could develop were thrashed out and a set of recommendations were finally agreed to. The recommendations cover areas of the League’s work such as Carn, the Celtic news group, organisational activity, membership recruitment and the role and responsibility of the General Secretary (GS) . Further details of the recommendations can be read in the forthcoming edition of Carn.
The full recommendations will soon be presented to the General Council for consideration and discussion at Branch ahead of the 2012 AGM in Breizh (Brittany) where the recommendations will be voted on. The GS of the League, who was one of the four members of the Special Commission along with Bernard Moffatt, Cathal Ó Luain and Adam Philips, said:
“The meeting at Rhosllanergugog has a special significance for the League in that it was where the organisation was founded in 1961 in the Plaid Cymru tent on the Maes at the Welsh National Eisteddfod and this was the reason why the venue was chosen for us to meet.
The League is the longest running and most successful inter-Celtic organisation that advocates for the independence of the Celtic nations, cultures and languages. The success of the organisation over the last fifty years does not mean that we should be complacent, but like any organisation, we need to ensure that we adapt appropriately to a rapidly changing society in order for our aims to be effectively met.”
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