The Múscraí Language Plan 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 T.D., today, 4 May 2018 announced that the language plan for the Irish Language Planning Area of Múscraí has been approved under the language planning process.
This is the fifth plan approved by the Minister of State under the language planning process. Subject to the settlement announced in 2017, an allocation worth up to € 100,000 over a 12 month period will be available to begin the operation of the Múscraí language plan.
“By approving this plan,” said the Minister of State, “the next phase of the language planning process in the Múscraí Gaeltacht will begin through the implementation of the language plan based on the views and needs of the people of the area. Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí, the organisation in charge of the plan, will have access to an allocation worth up to € 100,000 this year to run their plan activities and employ a Language Planning Officer. This is a great opportunity for Múscraí to conserve and strengthen the Irish language in their area.”
I congratulate everyone who was involved in preparing the language plan and I wish them every success – now that the implementation of the plan is about to start. It is clear that the area’s head organisation has committed to the process enthusiastically for the benefit of their area and language. I wish them all, and all the people of Múscraí, the very best in their work in the years ahead.”
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Of the 26 Gaeltacht language planning areas identified under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, four plans have been approved under the language planning process to date – Cois Fharraige in Co. Galway, and Gaoth Dobhair, Cloch Chionnaola in Co. Donegal and na Déise in Waterford.
Four other plans have been submitted to the Department as they are currently being considered.
- South Kerry;
- An Cheathrú Rua;
- Dúiche Sheoigheach and Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
- North Mayo
The Department hopes that 8 other plans will be processed and approved by the end of the year.
The preparation of the Gaeltacht Service Towns plans is continuing in respect of Letterkenny, Daingean Uí Chúis and the Cities of Galway and Cork. It is hoped that in the current year the preparation of plans for Dungarvan, Tralee, Clifden and Castlebar will have begun.
The preparation of plans continues in respect of the Irish Language Networks in Ennis, Loughrea and Clondalkin, and it is anticipated that their plans will be submitted to the Department before Summer 2018.
Funding of €2.65 million has been made available to promote the process in the current year – a significant increase in the first allocation of €200,000 made available to the process in 2014.
In addition to the language planning fund above, the broad programme of schemes, measures and initiatives – funded by the exchequer – will continue to be implemented by the Department, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Irish-language organisations, which will act as a continual support for the language planning process.
Language plans will involve a 7-year implementation period and it is intended to carry out an interim review on each language plan in year 3 and a final review in year 6.