Minister of State McHugh announces comprehensive language plan for An Clochán Liath
Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., today 15 February 2018 announced that a comprehensive language plan is to be prepared and implemented in An Clochán Liath, in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
The Minister of State said “My Department has arranged, in cooperation with Údarás na Gaeltachta, that the steps by which an organisation can be chosen to prepare and implement a language plan for An Clochán Liath will begin shortly. An Clochán Liath has been recognised by the language planning process as a town which could achieve the status of a Gaeltacht Service Town, subject to a language plan being prepared and implemented.”
The Minister of State said that he hopes that all stakeholders who can influence the status of the Irish language in An Clochán will take an active part in helping to further strengthen the language – which will benefit both the Irish language and the town.
“Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, Údarás na Gaeltachta will assist, with funding from my Department, whichever organisation is chosen to prepare and implement a language plan for the town. This further illustrates the Government’s commitment to successfully implement the language planning process, to the benefit of both the Gaeltacht and the Irish language.”
Note to 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, 2012, 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, Castlebar and Ballinrobe.|
|Galway||Galway City and Clifden|
|Kerry||Daingean Uí Chúis, Tralee and Cahersiveen|
|Cork||Cork City and Macroom|
|Meath||Athboy and Navan|
To date, preparation of language plans is in hand in relation to Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Kerry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Galway City and Cork City.
Under the process, a period of around one month will be given to organisations to apply, to Údarás na Gaeltachta in this case, for selection as the organisation responsible for preparing and implementing a language plan for the town.
Generally, once an organisation has been selected under the process, it will have up to two years to submit a plan to the Department for approval 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.
It is also intended that the preparation of plans relating to a number of other towns will begin without delay under the Act and that Notices under the provision of the Act will be issued relating to these shortly.