24/07/19

Minister of State Kyne and Minister McHugh congratulate South Donegal Community on the commencement of the implementation of the South Donegal Language Plan

In an event organised this evening in Sliabh Liag Tourism Centre, the Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the islands Seán Kyne TD alongside Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills congratulated the local community on the commencement of the implementation of the South Donegal language plan. The Government meeting is scheduled to be held in the same area tomorrow.

The Minister of State Kyne said: “It is a big step forward having the South Donegal language plan prepared, approved and about to be implemented. Lár-Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille and Coiste Stiúrtha Pleanála Teanga Leithinis Shliabh Liag which was established under its direction to compile the language plan deserve special recognition. A wide variety of measures have been set out which will aim to strengthen the Irish language in the area. I wish everyone involved in implementing this every success during the action-packed and challenging period ahead.”

The event provided insight on the progress that has been made under the language planning process and the most recent developments being made and planned which will benefit both the process and the Gaeltacht education policy.

15 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas have been approved to date under the language planning process and the North Donegal plan is being considered by the Department at present.

9 Language Planning Officers and 3 Assistant Language Planning Officers have been employed to date and the implementation of the relevant plans have commenced accordingly.

The process pertaining to the drawing up of plans for Gaeltacht Service Towns is in progress for the following towns: Letterkenny, Daingean Uí Chúis, An Clochán Liath, Tralee, Dungarvan, Castlebar and Galway City and Cork City.

Foras na Gaeilge has recently presented plans relating to the 3 Irish Language Networks identified up until now under the process in relation to the Irish Language Networks to the Department which are currently being considered.

A comprehensive outline of what has been done and is planned to benefit the Irish language and the Gaeltacht is given in the Government’s Action Plan 2018-2022 for the Irish Language – which is available at the following link: https://www.chg.gov.ie/app/uploads/2018/06/ghaeltacht_report_screen.pdf

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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