05/07/16

Minister of State Kyne announces funding for Irish language for Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht service towns

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne T.D. has announce that he has approved funding of €85,000 for Foras na Gaeilge to commence the language process for the recognition of Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht Service Towns under the Gaeltacht Act 2012.

This funding will support five community groups in language planning at local level.  Three grants of up to €15,000 each will be made in respect of successful applications from Muintir Chrónáin Teo (Clondalkin), An Clár as Gaeilge (Ennis) agus Gaeilge Locha Riach (Loughrea) to prepare local language plans with the objective of achieving the status of ‘Irish Language Network’.  In addition, 2 grants of up to €20,000 each will be made in respect of successful applications from Letterkenny and Galway city to do likewise in order to achieve the status of ‘Gaeltacht Service Town’.

Speaking today, Minister Kyne said that he was pleased to be able to approve this funding for Foras na Gaeilge to further advance the language planning process. “For the first time ever, language communities outside the Gaeltacht will be given statutory recognition as Irish Language Networks and as Gaeltacht Service Towns for the implementation of worthwhile language plans that will benefit the Irish language. I wish all the participants in this process every success”, the Minister said.

The Minister said also that this development was another important step in achieving the objectives of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and it was important to provide appropriate supports for the language planning process both inside and outside the Gaeltacht.

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Note to Editors:

Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, it is envisaged that the Gaeltacht will in future be based on linguistic criteria instead of on geographic areas which has been the position to date.  Language planning at community level will be central to the new definition of the Gaeltacht.  Areas located outside the existing statutory Gaeltacht will be given the opportunity to achieve statutory recognition as Irish Language Networks or as Gaeltacht Service Towns, subject to fulfilling particular criteria.

Further information is available at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/gaeltacht/

 

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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