16.03.11 Minister of State McGinley makes his first official visit to the Galway Gaeltacht

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D., today (16/03/11) made his first official visit to the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs in Na Forbacha, Co. Galway. He also paid a visit to Údarás na Gaeltachta and Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga.

Commenting on his visit, the Minister of State said: “As a Gaeltacht person, I am delighted to be dealing as Minister of State with an issue that is close to my heart, that is Irish language and Gaeltacht affairs.”

With regard to the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, the Minister of State said: “As stated in the Programme for Government, the Government intends to support the Strategy so that the achievable goals in the Strategy can be delivered. I fully understand the current fragile state of Irish language and Gaeltacht affairs. I believe, however, that the Government can improve these matters significantly through implementing the Strategy as much as possible within existing economic constraints.”

As a first step, the Minister of State said that he intends to consult Irish language and Gaeltacht stakeholders so that he can properly understand the issues facing people in the sector.

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:30:10 GMT

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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