An important goal of the Department is to support the Irish language, to strengthen its use as the principal community language of the Gaeltacht and to assist the sustainable development of island communities. The Department funds and works closely with Údarás na Gaeltachta as the regional development agency for the Gaeltacht. It co-funds and works closely with Foras na Gaeilge in its work in supporting the Irish language on an all-island basis. It also funds the office of the Language Commissioner and supports the delivery of services to island communities.
The Department has overarching responsibility for implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. The Strategy promotes a holistic, integrated approach to the Irish language which is consistent with international best practice. A key feature of the Strategy is implementing the language planning process, in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge.
Further information is available at the links on the left.
Translation Services of the European Union seeking 72 Irish language translators
Allowance of almost €1.7m announced by Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, for the language planning process in 2018
€5,756 grant sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for Cumann Traenach na Gaeltachta Láir, Co. Donegal, to carry out repairs and maintenance work on one of the Society’s historic pieces of equipment – railcar 18
‘Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027’
Fire Safety in Gaeltacht Households Accommodating Foghlaimeoirí Gaeilge
EV RFI Teacher Education Irish medium education -July 2017