15/06/18

Allowance of €1,027,613 over three years for Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta announced by Minister of State McHugh

The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., announced today, 15th June 2018, a measure of additional supports aimed at strengthening the family sector in the Gaeltacht.  This extra allowance is being sanctioned as an extra support for the implementation of both the language planning process and the Policy on Gaeltacht Education, which are central to the implementation of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

Increased investment for Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta

He has announced that he is sanctioning an allowance of up to €1,027,613 over the period from 2018 to 2020 for the organisation Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta. This allowance will enable the organisation to expand the range of supports they provide to families raising children through Irish or wishing to do so, and more particularly to cater for the needs that arise in Gaeltacht language planning areas.  This allowance will be used to:

  • create 6 jobs in order to provide the support programme in the relevant Gaeltacht regions;
  • further develop the service they are already providing in the Galway and Donegal Gaeltachts and meet demand in other Gaeltacht areas.
  • as part of this allowance, funding is being given for the Family Support Package, which was established in 2014 and the responsibility for the administration of which is being transferred from the Department to Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta.

The Minister of State said: “With the announcement of these extra supports, a great step forward has been taken which will be of benefit to young families in the Gaeltacht who are raising or who would like to raise their children speaking Irish. As a result of this extra funding for Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta,we will be able to further assist young families in the Gaeltacht to promote the Irish language. The successful implementation of the language planning process, which is now gathering momentum all over the Gaeltacht, will be greatly enhanced”

He said that this significant extra measure was specifically aimed at the area of the family in the Gaeltacht and that it would form part of a range of measures comprised in Action Plan 2018-2022 for the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language that will be launched by the Minister of State shortly.

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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