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Plain English Guide to Political Terms

Plain English Guide to Political Terms

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A Plain English Guideto Political Terms
76 Lower Gardiner StreetDublin 1Tel:(01) 855 4332   Email:literacy@nala.ie   Web:www.nala.ie
Published byNational Adult Literacy Agency76 Lower Gardiner StreetDublin 1© 2006 National Adult Literacy AgencyThe copyright in this guide belongs to theNational Adult Literacy Agency.ISBN 1-871737-67-2This glossary is intended only as a guide for members of thepublic. The descriptions are not legal definitions and are notstatements of National Adult Literacy Agency policy.
Our plain English guide focuses on political terms this year as part of our campaign on literacy and political participation.We have chosenthis theme in light of an expected general election by mid-2007.Literacy difficulties can be a barrier to accessing,understanding andusing information.As a result,adults with literacy difficulties may beexcluded from:voting in elections and referenda;getting involved in political parties or local lobby groups;andunderstanding government and how it works for them.This guide,along with other elements of our campaign on literacyand political participation,aims to help the public become morefamiliar with some of the most common political terms.We alsohope it will remove some of the barriers that may currently preventpeople from getting involved in political activity - whether thatmeans voting,lobbying their local representative or joining apolitical party.The guide and the campaign also aim to encourage Governmentdepartments,local authorities,political parties,statutoryorganisations and community and voluntary groups to becomemore aware of the issues faced by the estimated 500,000 adults withliteracy difficulties (OECD,1997) and to develop more effective andsensitive responses to encourage them to become more politicallyactive.A list of references and websites of the main political parties isincluded on page 55.We aim to update this guide to make sure that it stays relevant.Weinvite your suggestions for additions,so please e-mail anysuggestions to literacy@nala.ie.

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