Funding is provided to both Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency from this Department and the Department for Communities (DfC) in Northern Ireland in accordance with budgets approved by the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC).
In the absence of the political institutions in Northern Ireland since early 2017, including the NSMC, it has not been possible to approve business plans and budgets for North/South Implementation Bodies since 2016. As an interim measure, it has been agreed by the Finance Departments in both jurisdictions that North/South Implementation Bodies should continue to apply the NSMC budgets approved in 2016.
Foras na Gaeilge is co-funded on the basis of 75% from this Department and 25% from DfC. As set out above, the budget approved by the NSMC for 2016 will apply for 2019 and the overall budget provision for Foras na Gaeilge will therefore be €14,782,911 (£10,348,038).
The Ulster-Scots Agency is co-funded on the basis of 25% from this Department and 75% from DfC. As set out above, the budget approved by the NSMC for 2016 will apply for 2019 and the overall budget provision for the Ulster-Scots Agency will therefore be of £2,342,933 (€3,347,048).
In addition, this Department provides further funding to Foras na Gaeilge in respect of ringfenced activities relating to Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge and Colmcille.
Arising from an NSMC decision in 2007, the functions of the former Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge were transferred to Foras na Gaeilge and it was agreed that future funding would be provided by this Department solely in order to implement the work of Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge. The role of Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge is to provide support for reading, writing and publishing initiatives in the Irish language.
Colmcille consists of a tripartite initiative to promote the Irish and Scots Gaelic languages. Arising from an NSMC decision in November 2014, Foras na Gaeilge will continue to promote Colmcille on the island of Ireland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig will continue to promote Colmcille in Scotland. An inter-agency joint working group will focus on strategic projects, funding priorities and other collaborative initiatives as well as sharing best practice and creation of sustainable community links.
Funding to An Foras Teanga is provided through Subhead D.3 of the Department’s Vote and an overall provision of €13.323m is available in 2019.