19/06/18

Language Plan for the Gaeltacht area of West Kerry sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh

The Chief Whip of the Government and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD, today announced at the opening of a new Learning Centre in Dún Chíomháin, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, that he has sanctioned the West Kerry language plan under the language planning process.

This is the eighth plan to be approved under the process since its commencement in 2014 and the fourth area of all five Gaeltacht areas in Munster which is ready to start implementing a plan immediately.

The Minister of State announced that the Department will provide an allowance of up to €150,000 over a 12 month period to help implement the plan for West Kerry, which will enable Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne to employ a Language Planning Officer if necessary.

The Minister of State said: “With the approval of the West Kerry language language plan, the application of the language planning process has been accelerated. Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne will have the opportunity to immediately address a range of additional maters locally to help further with the state of the Irish language as a community and family language in the area.

With this significant help – which is in addition to the contribution already provided to the Cooperative by the Department and the Authority on an ongoing basis – the major work for the good of the area by the Cooperative will be reinforced as it relates to the language planning process”.

The Minister of State was present as special guest at the opening of a Learning Centre in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, developed by University College Cork in association with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; the Department provided a grant for technology equipment under the Department’s Community and Language Supports Programme – worth almost €25,000.

In regards to language planning businesses, in addition to West Kerry, language plans have already been sanctioned in respect of the following areas:

  1. Cois Fharraige, Co. Galway,
  2. Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal
  3. Cloch Chionnaola, Co. Donegal
  4. Na Déise, Co. Waterford,
  5. Múscraí, Co. Cork,
  6. South Kerry,
  7. Dúiche Sheoigheach and Tuar Mhic Éadaigh.

There are currently 4 other plans being considered by the Department and it is anticipated that 7 other plans will be examined and approved by year-end.

Plans are already being prepared for the following towns: Letterkenny; Daingean Uí Chúis and the cities of Galway and Cork. It is anticipated that the preparation of plans will begin for Dungarvan, Tralee, An Clochán Liath and Castlebar this year.

The preparation of plans continues under the direction of Foras na Gaeilge in respect of the Irish Language Networks: Ennis, Loughrea and Clondalkin. It is expected that Foras na Gaeilge will submit plans to the Department for approval before the end of the year.

ENDS

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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