An important goal of the Department is to support the Irish language, to strengthen its use as the principal community language of the Gaeltacht and to assist the sustainable development of island communities. The Department funds and works closely with Údarás na Gaeltachta as the regional development agency for the Gaeltacht. It co-funds and works closely with Foras na Gaeilge in its work in supporting the Irish language on an all-island basis. It also funds the office of the Language Commissioner and supports the delivery of services to island communities.
The Department has overarching responsibility for implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. The Strategy promotes a holistic, integrated approach to the Irish language which is consistent with international best practice. A key feature of the Strategy is implementing the language planning process, in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge.
Further information is available at the links on the left.
Minister of State Joe McHugh announces that plans are to be developed for the provision of a purpose-built ferry for Toraigh and for an extension to Machaire Rabhartaigh Pier
First language plans approved under the language planning process by Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD
Grant of €1,466 sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for Lámha Beaga Montessori, Co. Donegal, to purchase educational materials
EV RFI Teacher Education Irish medium education -July 2017
An Díospóireacht Oscailte ar Pholasaí faoin Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge, 2010 – 2030: Príomhthosaíochtaí Straitéiseacha
Review of Management Structure and Grading of Senior Management Posts within Údarás na Gaeltachta