Minister of State Kyne announces a language planning allocation of more than €1.7m under the language planning process and an Irish language plan for Cahersiveen.

The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne T.D., announced today, Monday, the 22nd of July 2019, that the Department is providing Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge with an allocation totalling more than €1.7m to aid with the implementation of the language planning process during the current year.

He also announced that the preparation of a language plan for Cahersiveen in County Kerry will commence shortly and that this will allow the town to acquire the status of a Gaeltacht Service Town under the language planning process.  He made this announcement while launching Tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh: Tuairisc agus Plean Gníomhaíochta 2019 – 2022 (The Uíbh Ráthach Taskforce: Report and Action Plan 2019 – 2022) today.

€1.4m of the language planning allocation will be allocated to Údarás na Gaeltachta and €323,750 to Foras na Gaeilge to enable these bodies to continue supporting the implementation of the process during the current year.

Minister of State Kyne said: “I am delighted to provide this significant allocation to Údarás na Gaeltachta and to Foras na Gaeilge so as to enable them to continue supporting the successful implementation of the language planning process during the current year.  With 15 Gaeltacht regions approved at this stage under the process, 12 officers appointed, 8 service towns engaged in the preparation of plans and language plans relating to 3 Irish Language Networks under consideration, major progress has been made. As the action plan for the Uíbh Ráthach Gaeltacht region is launched today – a plan which is aimed at the overall benefit of the region, it is important we aim to initiate practical measures which are of advantage to the area.  As the preparation of an Irish language plan for Cahersiveen is to commence shortly, this means a major step forward is being taken for the benefit of the Irish language and the benefit of the area in general”. 

The Minister of State also announced that the Department will work in conjunction with Comhchoiste Gaeltachta Uíbh Ráthaigh to examine the possibilities of re-establishing an Irish college in the area. “When the positive effect is observed of Irish colleges on the Gaeltacht regions, in relation to the Irish language and to economic affairs, it is logical that an examination of ways in which a college could be re-established in Uíbh Ráthach would be worthwhile.  Such a practical measure would exert a significant influence on this district in a manner which complements fully the central tenets of the action plan being launched today.”

The announcement of this funding follows the measures worth more than €1.9m in total over a period of three years announced by the Minister of State last year under which specific extra investment will be provided centrally to further aid the implementation of the process as it relates to the area of the household (Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta), early childhood Irish language education in the Gaeltacht (Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta) and the traditional arts (Ealaín na Gaeltachta).

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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