Saturday 25 November 2017

'A significant step forward' - First three language plans for the Gaeltacht improved

Stock photo: GETTY
Stock photo: GETTY

Kathy Armstrong

The approval of the first three language plans for the Gaeltacht has been hailed as a "significant step forward" by Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh.

The language plans for Gaoth Dobhair, Anagaire, Rann na Feirste and Loch an Iúir as well as: Cloich Cheann Fhaola, Gort an Choirce, An Fál Carrach and Machaire Rabhartaigh, in Co Donegal and Cois Fharraige in the Galway Gaeltacht were approved by the Department of the Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The plans are based on proposals by the communities affected regarding issues they are worried about in relation to the Irish language and their community.

It's hoped the plans will help these areas to grow their economy while promoting the Irish language.

The Department of the Gaeltacht announced in April they will provide up to €100,000 for the first 12 months of the introduction of the plan.

He said: "This is another significant step forward in the language planning process, a process which began in 2014.

Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh Picture: Tom Burke
Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh Picture: Tom Burke

"This step will allow the Lead Organisations, their Language Planning Steering Committees and the communities to implement the language plans which will run for a period of seven years.

"This will be a decisive period in which to build on the excellent foundations which have been laid in the three areas and which are being undertaken in 20 other language planning areas at present."

Údarás na Gaeltachta’s CEO, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, said: “The Lead Organisations, their Language Planning Steering Committees and their communities are deserving of high praise for their diligence and efforts regarding the challenging work involved in preparing a language plan. "Údarás na Gaeltachta will work with these Lead Organisations and Language Planning Steering Committees to implement these plans.

"High quality jobs and businesses are being developed all around the Gaeltacht areas and we want to ensure that the youth of the Gaeltacht can gain training, achieve qualifications and work close to home in order to nurture and develop vibrant language communities.”

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