22/03/12 : Minister of State McGinley visits Clare and promotes participation in focus Groups for language Planning
Dinny McGinley TD Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will visit Clare on Thursday 22nd March, 2012. Speaking in advance of his visit Minister McGinley said “I am delighted to have this opportunity to visit County Clare and to see at first hand the work that is being carried by the various organisations to promote the Irish Language throughout the county. I am especially pleased to have had the opportunity of visiting Coláiste Uí Chomhraí in Carrigaholt which celebrates its 100th anniversary in July of this year.”
Clare has a long tradition of excellence in relation to traditional Irish Music, for example the Willie Clancy Festival and the Ennis Trad Festival, Corofin Music Festival. “I commend Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for being so active here in promoting not only a love of traditional Irish music, but of the Irish language as well” said the Minster.
Minister McGinley added “Clare has an important role to play in helping to advance the aims of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. As it already has a strong Irish speaking population it is one of the areas with the potential to make substantial progress during the term of the Strategy. The Irish language community in Ennis, along with their counterparts in Carlow and Clondalkin, will shortly participate in a focus group with officials from my Department and Foras na Gaeilge. The aim of this focus group is to inform the development of Language Planning criteria for new statutory Irish Language Networks, provision for which will be made in the Gaeltacht Bill 2012.
I hope that this focus group will facilitate an exchange of ideas between the State and voluntary sectors with a view to implementing the goals of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language on a countrywide basis.”