Thursday 19 July 2018

Muscraí region to get up to €100k for implmentation of language plan

Bill Browne

Funding of up to €100,000 has been allocated to Cork's Muscraí Gaeltacht under a government strategy aimed at enhancing and promoting the use of the Irish language.

The Minister for State for the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh, this week announced the sanctioning of the language plan for the Muscraí region.

It is the latests plan to be sanctioned under the language planning process meaning that, subject to the settlement announced last year, the allocation of funding will be available over a 12-month period to begin the operation of the Muscraí specific language plan. 

Minister McHugh said the approval of the plan would set the ball rolling the next phase of the Muscraí language planning process, through its implementation "based on the views and needs of the area." 

He said that Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí, the organisation in overall charge of the local plan, would have an allocation of up to €100,000 in 2018 to plan their activities and employ a language planning officer. 

"This is a great opportunity for Muscraí to conserve and strengthen the Irish language in their area. I would like to congratulate all those involved in preparing the plan and wish them every success, now that its implementation is about to start," said Minister McHugh. 

"It is clear that he area's head organisation has committed to the process enthusiastically for the benefit of the language and their area. I wish them, and the people of Muscraí, all the very best in their important work over the coming years."

Under the Gaeltacht Act (2012) some 26 areas across the country were designated language planning areas, with the Muscraí region becoming the fifth of these to have their specific language plans sanctioned. Two of these are in Donegal, one in Galway and one in Waterford. 

A department spokesperson said it was hoped that up to 12 additional ones will be processed and sanctioned by the end of this year  "Funding of €2.65 million has been made available to promote the process in 2018 - a significant increase in the first allocation of €200,000 in 2014," said the spokesperson.

In addition to the language planning fund, the broad programme of exchequer funded schemes, measures and initiatives will continue to be implemented by the Department, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Irish-language organisations, which will act as a continual support for the language planning process.