10/10/16

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs publishes notice under the language planning process regarding Daingean Uí Chúis

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne T.D., today gave notice of his intention to designate the town of Daingean Uí Chúis, County Kerry, as a Gaeltacht Service Town, provided a language plan is agreed and implemented in the town.

The Minister of State said: “This notice officially commences the language planning process as it applies to Daingean Uí Chúis. This means that Údarás na Gaeltachta will soon be selecting an organisation to prepare and implement a language plan for the town. Given that this is the first town to commence preparation of a language plan under the language planning process; this represents another step forward in the implementation of the language planning process.”

The Minister of State said that he hopes that all interested parties who can influence matters will play an active part in further strengthening the Irish language in Daingean Uí Chúis in the interests of both the Irish language and the town.

On foot of a consultation process conducted in 2014 the following towns have been selected as possible Gaeltacht Service Towns provided language plans are agreed and satisfactorily implemented:

County Town
Donegal Letterkenny, An Clochán Liath and Donegal Town.
Mayo Béal an Mhuirthead, Castlebar and Ballinrobe.
Galway Galway City and Clifden
Kerry Daingean Uí Chúis, Tralee and Cahersiveen
Cork Cork City and Macroom
Waterford Dún Garbhán
Meath Athboy and Navan

Foras na Gaeilge are working to begin the process in Galway City and Letterkenny  as soon as possible.

A period of up to one month to 10th November will be afforded in this case to organisations to apply to Údarás na Gaeltachta to be selected for the planning and implementation of a language plan in the town.

A period of up to 2 years will be given from the date on which Údarás na Gaeltachta selects the organisation to submit a language plan to the Department for assessment in line with the prescribed language planning criteria. Following that, the organisation will have a period of 7 years to implement the language plan with assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta or Foras na Gaeilge, as may be appropriate. The Department will periodically review the implementation of the plan during that 7 year period.

Further information on the language planning process is available on the Department’s website:  www.ahrrga.gov.ie

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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