Minister of State for the Gaeltacht announces comprehensive language plan for Cork City
Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., today (1 September 2017) announced that a comprehensive language plan is to be prepared and implemented in Cork City.
The Minister of State said: “with this announcement, the language planning process for Cork city, under the Gaeltacht Act, commences. Shortly, an organisation will be selected by Foras na Gaeilge to lead the preparation and implementation of a language plan for the city. This is the fourth notice published under the process as it relates to Gaeltacht service towns.”
The Minister of State said that he hopes that all influential stakeholders will take an active part in further reinforcing the status of the Irish language in the city – which will benefit both the Irish language and the city.
Note to the editor
Following a consultation process in the summer of 2014, a list was compiled of towns that have the potential to be Gaeltacht Service Towns under the Gaeltacht Act, providing that language plans have been agreed with the communities of those particular towns:
|Donegal||Letterkenny, An Clochán Liath and Donegal Town|
|Mayo||Béal an Mhuirthead, Ballinrobe and Castlebar|
|Galway||Galway City and Clifden|
|Kerry||Daingean Uí Chúis, Tralee and Cahersiveen|
|Cork||Cork City and Macroom|
|Meath||Athboy and Navan|
To date, notices have been published under the Act for Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Kerry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Galway City – which initiated the language planning process as it relates to these towns.
Under the process, a period of one month, to 29 September 2017 in this case, will be given to organisations to apply (to Foras na Gaeilge in this case) for selection as the organisation responsible for preparing and implementing a language plan for the city.
Generally, once an organisation has been selected under the process, it will have up to two years to submit a plan to the Department and a further seven years to implement the agreed language plan, with assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta or Foras na Gaeilge as appropriate. The Department will periodically review the implementation of plans during that 7 year period.
Foras na Gaeilge will use an allocation of €115,000 sanctioned for them to advance the process this year in Galway City, Cork City, Letterkenny, Tralee and Dungarvan. This fund will also be used to prepare plans for the following Irish-language Networks: Clondalkin; Ennis, Co. Clare and Loughrea, Co. Galway.
Údarás na Gaeltachta will use, as needed, an allocation of €735,000 to advance the process as it relates to the preparation of language plans in the following Gaeltacht Service Towns: Daingean Uí Chúis, Béal an Mhuirthead and An Clochán Liath.
In 2009, the organisation Gaillimh le Gaeilge published research entitled Buntáistí geilleagracha na Gaeilge a fheictear i gCathair na Gaillimhe agus i nGaeltacht na Gaillimhe. This research demonstrated that the Irish language is worth over €136 million to Galway city and county each year and that around €59 million of that goes to Galway City. This research is evidence that the Irish language can have significant economic advantages for a city situated close to the Gaeltacht.