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6 Apr 2009
‘Written Off?’ is a six- part fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows the lives of eight Irish people trying to change their lives forever. While all the participants come from different parts of the country, have different backgrounds and range in age from 19 to mid-50s, they all have...
1 Apr 2009
Alice Leahy, Director of TRUST, was the first ‘Overall Winner’ at the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards 2009 today for her life’s work in combating social exclusion and providing medical related services for people who are homeless. Alice, who was appointed to the Irish Human Rights...
1 Apr 2009
For most of us, reading and writing comes easily, but for some, it can be a constant struggle all their lives, until, that is, they decide to do something about it. Mother and son, Ann and Peter Trinder from Laytown, Co. Meath are two of these people and they will be featured in a fascinating new...
1 Mar 2009
In the current economic climate businesses and other organisations face particular challenges in ensuring that the public can fully understand their services and that staff can contribute effectively. One step in the right direction is to use plain English. Plain English can help organisations...
1 Mar 2009
These findings are based on the results achieved by the Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education (ITABE) programme currently being implemented by the country’s VECs and international research. For those not at work, training improves the chances of gaining employment. In the typical ITABE class...
1 Mar 2009
As overall winners, Galway’s ‘A B Sea’ project was today given €10,000 to further develop and publish their research which identifies the specific literacy-based needs of the fishing community. Findings from the project will be shared with other adult literacy practitioners and will help to...
1 Feb 2009
According to the last international survey, 50% of Irish people have less than the minimum level of literacy skills needed to function effectively in a modern society. About 25% of those surveyed performed at the lowest level, which indicates that up to 25% of the Irish adult population could have...
1 Feb 2009
Research released today revealed that 89% of respondents would prefer if banks used less financial jargon and more plain English in their communications. The research, commissioned by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in partnership with the EBS Building Society, also found that over a...
1 Nov 2008
The study, ‘It’s never too late to learn’, was conducted by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). It highlights how engagement with adult literacy services is a positive adjustment in the lives of older learners with literacy difficulties. In the majority of cases, it results in improved...
1 Nov 2008
Ms Bailey was speaking in advance of a cross-border conference ‘Making it work: integrating essential skills and literacy into training and further education’. The aim of the conference is to inform education and training providers about how to integrate course-related literacy and numeracy...

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