19/04/12

19/04/2012:Minister of State McGinley announces winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2012

Speaking at the award ceremony for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2012 (19/4/12), Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D., said he was delighted to announce the winners again this year.

“Businesses in Galway city continue to support this award, which is organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge, in addition to new businesses coming on board who are committed to promoting the use of Irish in the city,” said the Minister of State.

The Minister of State indicated that the Gaeltacht Bill 2012, which is currently being drafted, will provide opportunities for places such as Galway city to be given recognition under the legislation.

“With the Connemara Gaeltacht on its doorstep, there is certainly an opportunity for Galway city to be given statutory recognition as a city in which Irish is spoken extensively, provided it can fulfil the appropriate criteria under the legislation. In order to begin the language planning process, I believe that it is advisable that the key stakeholders who are involved in promoting the Irish language in the city, as well as other interested parties, come together to begin the process of preparing a language plan for the city,” said the Minister of State.

The Minister of State congratulated all of the businesses on the shortlist for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh and commended their work which increases the visibility of the language in Galway city.

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