20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language


The 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 was published on 21 December 2010, following cross-party support in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The Strategy promotes a holistic, integrated approach to the Irish language which is consistent with international best practice. The Strategy is the result of a consultative and research process, including a report commissioned by the Department (DCU, 2009), the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht (NUIG & NUIM, 2007), and the report of Coimisiún na Gaeltachta (2002).


Areas of Action

Nine areas of action are set out in the Strategy, namely:

  • Education
  • The Gaeltacht
  • Language transmission by the family – early intervention
  • Administration, Services and Community
  • Media and Technology
  • Dictionaries
  • Legislation and Status
  • Economic Life
  • Cross-cutting Initiatives

As a result of a consultation process organised by the Department on the matter, the need for a 5-Year Action Plan was identified. The following are the main objectives of the Action Plan 2018-2022:

Action Plan 2018-2022

20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language


Further Information and Queries

Seán Ó Grífin

Higher Executive Officer
091 503700

Email address:


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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