30/12/19

Minister of State Kyne looks back on a successful year

As we approach the end of the year, the Government Chief Whip and Minister for State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD, looks back on the achievements of his Department over the year regarding advancing the various programmes for which he has responsibility.

Minister Kyne stated the following: “We have made good progress during 2019 with regard to the implementation of the Irish Language Action Plan 2018-2022 and additional support is being provided for the language, the Gaeltacht and island communities. I hope to have the first Annual Report on the implementation of that plan published early in the New Year bringing the significant achievements to date to the attention of the Irish language community and Gaeltacht communities.   

The Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019 was published recently. It will act as a tool for us in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, enabling us to work with colleagues across the State System in order to greatly improve Irish language services.

A comprehensive consultation process is currently being undertaken regarding the Government’s new strategy in relation to the development of all islands. Our aim now is to ascertain what else can be achieved, or what changes are required in current policies in order to ensure that island communities are supported and developed.”

The progress includes the following:

Minister Kyne stated “Only the work of my own Department is mentioned here but the great work done by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge over the past year regarding the promotion of the language in the Gaeltacht and throughout the islands should not be forgotten.

I am grateful to all organisations – state, semi-state and voluntary organisations – that provided input during the year regarding the promotion of the language.”

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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