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).
Foras na Gaeilge is co-funded on the basis of 75% from this Department and 25% from DfC – an overall budget provision of €14,782,911 (£10,348,038) was approved by the NSMC for 2016.
The Ulster-Scots Agency is co-funded on the basis of 25% from this Department and 75% from DfC – an overall budget provision of £2,342,933 (€3,347,048) was approved by the NSMC for 2016.
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.
This Department’s funding to An Foras Teanga is provided through Subhead D.3 of the Department’s Vote and an overall provision of €13.989m is available in 2017.