15/11/19

Minister Kyne announces further progress in the language planning process in Kerry

The language planning process in Co. Kerry is making continued progress today 15/11/2019, as the Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne T.D. launches a public consultation process being undertaken by the Kerry Education and Training Board as part of preparations regarding a language plan for Tralee under the language planning process.

Minister of State Kyne will also announce that under the process, Kerry County Council will shortly commence preparation of a language plan for Cahersiveen.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the public consultation which has been organised in Tralee by the Kerry Education and Training Board, Minister of State Kyne commented: “As the Kerry Education and Training Board undertake the task of preparing and implementing a language plan for the town, the Board hopes it will receive every support possible from all persons and organisations in the town involved with the Irish language. Regarding the work which Kerry County Council will commence shortly to prepare a language plan for Cahersiveen, the more we work together as state bodies and as communities the more beneficial our efforts will be for the Irish language and for the Gaeltacht. I have no doubt that economic advantages could derive for both Tralee and Cahersiveen from a strengthening of the language within the towns.

At a separate event later in the day, in Halla Pobail Bhaile an Sceilg, the Minister of State Kyne will also officially launch the language plan for Ciarraí Theas. Responsibility for the implementation of the plan rests with Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh which has employed a Language Planning Officer in recent months to aid the work. Additionally, an allocation of €100,000 per year is provided under the process to assist with the implementation of the plan.

Minister of State Kyne stated: “I would like to thank Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh for inviting me to launch the Uíbh Ráthaigh Gaeltacht language plan. Along with the other plans which have already been implemented, the community in Uíbh Ráthach will be given opportunities to play a central role in efforts to strengthen the Irish language in the locality. As a result of this, there is work underway at present in all three towns that have been mentioned under the process in Kerry – Daingean Uí Chúis, Tralee and Cahersiveen, as well as in the two Gaeltacht regions in the county – Ciarraí Thiar and Uíbh Ráthach.”

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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