Language Planning Process gaining momentum with approval of Árainn Mhór Language Plan – Minister of State McHugh

The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., today (Saturday 15 September) announced that the language plan for the Gaeltacht Language Planning Area of Árainn Mhór has been approved under the language planning process. The Minister of State also announced that an allocation worth up to €100,000 over a 12 month period has been approved, enabling Comharchumann Árainn Mhór to employ a Language Planning Officer if necessary.

This is the tenth plan approved under the language planning process and the first island-based plan to be approved under the process.  This ensures that the target of ten plan approvals for 2018 has already been achieved, with a further five scheduled for approval before year’s end.

“With the approval of this plan”, said the Minister of State, “Comharchumann Árainn Mhór will be able to begin implementing their plan without delay, to the benefit of both the island community and the Irish language.  Similar to the other language planning organisations involved with this process, Comharchumann Árainn Mhór has done very significant work in preparing their plan. I wish them every success in its implementation.” 

“Following the enactment of the Gaeltacht Act in 2012, much important work has been carried out at official but, more importantly, at community level, aimed at embedding the language planning process as the means of passing on our national language to the next generation. 

Local communities have taken on the painstaking task of developing their language plans with passion and commitment. While at times it has been frustrating for them, the rapid approval of language plans this year shows that their hard work is paying off.  I want to thank them for their support and for the work they have put into the language planning process in order to help preserve the language for future generations.

The first two of over thirty local Language Planning Officers have also been appointed just recently, representing a further milestone in the process.  The myriad of community groups and organisations involved in the process should, at this important juncture, be congratulated,” the Minister added.

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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