16/01/20

Irish outside the Gaeltacht and internationally

Irish outside the Gaeltacht and internationally

Functions and Services

An Ghaeilge (Taobh amuigh den Ghaeltacht agus go hidirnáisiúnta) Unit is responsible for

  • Developing and implementing various schemes, initiatives and measures which support the 20-Year Strategy and the strengthening of the Irish language outside the Gaeltacht.
  • Implementing the Official Languages Act 2003, including the agreement of language schemes with public bodies and related matters and updating the First Schedule to the Official Languages Act specifying the public bodies to which the Act applies.
  • Co-ordinating the process to amend the Official Languages Act 2003 via the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019.
  • Supporting the work of An Coimisinéir Teanga and funding the administration of his office.
  • Overseeing developments in regard to the Irish language in the EU, with particular emphasis on the ending of the derogation on the use of Irish in its institutions by January 2022.
  • Devising and implementing appropriate arrangements for the provision of Irish language training and accreditation for the Civil Service.
  • Funding and promoting the teaching of Irish in 3rd level institutions abroad.
  • Developing and implementing, in consultation with the 3rd level sector, a Digital Plan for the Irish Language.
  • Administering the Irish Language support schemes to provide financial assistance to a range of organisations and activities that support the promotion of the Irish language outside the Gaeltacht. Organisations that receive annual funding include Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and Gael Taca, Cork. More information can be found in the ‘funding Schemes’ section below.
  • Ensuring delivery of relevant commitments included in Project Ireland 2040.

Other than in relation to Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge, the division does not provide any services directly to the public but operates primarily through liaison with other public bodies, including An Coimisinéir Teanga.

 

An Coimisinéir Teanga:

Oifig Choimisinéir na dTeangacha Oifigiúla was established under Section 20 of the Official Languages Act 2003.  As provided for in the Act, An Coimisinéir Teanga is independent in the performance of his functions.

The primary functions of the Office are to monitor compliance by public bodies with the provisions of the Act and to take appropriate measures to ensure such compliance.  An Coimisinéir Teanga has the power to investigate complaints made about public bodies and to make recommendations directed at public bodies where obligations under the Act are not fulfilled.

 

Funding/Grant Schemes

Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge (STG)

The objective of this programme of funding is to provide financial assistance to a range of organisations and activities that support the promotion of the Irish language outside the Gaeltacht, nationally and internationally.  Organisations that receive annual funding include Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and Gael Taca in Co. Cork.  Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge (STG) also funds initiatives that assist public bodies in implementing the Official Languages Act and that support the status of Irish as an official and working language of the European Union.  These initiatives include, for example, the development by Fiontar, Dublin City University, of a database of EU terminology in the Irish language, which includes terminology required for translation of statutory instrument, and an online database for placenames.  The initiative also include the Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative in third level institutions in Ireland and supports the Irish language technology scheme Clár TechSpace in schools and youth organisations.

With regard to capital projects, funding is provided to facilitate the refurbishment of Irish language social and cultural centres in urban areas.

Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge is open to organisations promoting the Irish Language outside the Gaeltacht.

Organisations are asked to fill in an application and to supply business plan and detailed explanation as to the background, rationale and aims of their project. Further information, including application forms, are available on the Department’s website here

The general eligibility criteria and conditions under the Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge are outlined below. The practice is to fund organisations with a proven track record in promoting the language.

Projects are evaluated with regard to the following criteria, as appropriate:

  • the viability of the project in terms of supporting the development and use of the Irish language outside the Gaeltacht in an effective and efficient manner;
  • whether the project helps to underpin the status of Irish as an EU official and working language by increasing the number of qualified persons with Irish language skills and/or assisting the work of the EU institutions in that regard, including translation of EU terminology into Irish; and
  • value for money.

The criteria used in assessing applications for funding in relation to the teaching of Irish in third-level institutions overseas include:

  • the institution’s experience in providing Irish language courses and in promoting Irish generally;
  • the quality of the business plan;
  • the extent of co-funding available from the institution and/or other sources;
  • accreditation of the courses; and
  • value for money.

Criteria for capital expenditure:

Capital projects are evaluated with regard to the following criteria, as appropriate:

  • the necessity of the proposed works. This element is evaluated by the Department’s engineer;
  • the proposed usage of the premises in terms of supporting the development of the Irish language within the community or area in question, e.g. crèche, preschool, Irish language classes, social activities, etc.;
  • the extent of co-funding available from the local community and/or other sources; and
  • value for money.

The criteria governing variations in grant levels:

  • Strength of the Irish language in the area.

 

Right of Appeal 

Applicants who are not satisfied with decisions made in relation to their applications may appeal in writing to the Secretary General, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.  A review will be carried out as expeditiously as possible.

 

Classes of Records Held

  • Records relating to policy matters in this area (including relevant legislation);
  • Records relating to operational matters (applications, minutes, correspondence, briefing notes etc.) in relation to the functions described above; and
  • Records relating to internal administration of the Division.
  • Administration files – records of correspondence relating to day to day issues;
  • Policy files – files relating to policy development with regard to Údarás na Gaeltachta and the 20-Year strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030; and
  • Legislation files – files relating to the drafting of primary and secondary legislation.

More information is available here

 

 

 

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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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