An Taoiseach commends the progress made with the Language Planning Process at Government Buildings

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. and Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne T.D. met with language planning officers, representatives from language planning lead-organisations, board members and executives from Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge, respectively, as well as with other relevant parties at an event which took place at Government Buildings on the 10th of December 2019 to celebrate the progress made with the language planning process.

An Taoiseach and Minister of State Kyne congratulated those involved for the significant work carried out thus far in implementing the language planning process.

Speaking at the event, An Taoiseach said: “The spirit of team work is at the heart of the approach taken in the language planning process – local people and organisations working on behalf of the Irish language – with help from the State. There are more than ten language planning officers carrying out this work and by the time the language planning process is fully underway, more than thirty people will be employed throughout the Gaeltacht. In addition,  language planning officers will be working outside the Gaeltacht in the Gaeltacht Service Towns and in the Irish Language Networks. Results will not come about overnight, but if we continue working together, we can help to ensure Irish progresses to the next generation as a strong language.”

Minister of State Kyne said: “The language planning process is one of the most important measures currently being undertaken to strengthen the Irish language as a community and family language in the Gaeltacht. Its implementation is gradually having an increasing impact on the status of the Irish language – not only in the Gaeltacht but in the Gaeltacht Service Towns and in the Irish Language Networks involved in the process. Due to the specific importance pertaining to it and indeed to the implementation of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education and other measures, additional support is being given to the language and to the implementation of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

 Next week, I will be launching the first annual report on the implementation of the Government’s Action Plan 2018-2022 for the Irish language. The progress made across Government during that time will be detailed in that report.  As a result of this work and of the publication of the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019 later this week, positive  steps are being taken gradually and systematically for the benefit of the Irish language.

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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