The Donegal Gaeltacht received a welcome shot in the arm yesterday with the approval of a language planning fund worth €3.4m for Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge to maintain the operation of the language planning process in the current year.
Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers made the announcement in a visit to the county yesterday.
This fund will be used to provide annual funding to Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas, Gaeltacht Service Towns and Irish Language Networks working to prepare or implement language plans under the process.
To further support the process in relation to the Donegal Gaeltacht specifically, Minister of State Chambers announced that a capital fund worth €64,000 has been approved for 8 initiatives under the Department’s Community and Language Supports Programme.
He announced this during a visit to the Donegal Gaeltacht – where he visited Dungloe, announced that the town was now recognised as a Gaeltacht Service Town and launched a language plan for the Rosses area.
Minister Martin said: “I am delighted to approve a significant fund again this year for Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge to advance the implementation of the language planning process in the current year.
“Since the implementation of the process began seven years ago, significant progress has been made towards the implementation of all 26 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas from the bottom up with the continued assistance of the Department, the Údarás and Foras na Gaeilge as applicable. With the recognition of Dungloe as a Gaeltacht Service Town, another step forward has been made for the welfare of the Irish language in the town and surrounding area.
“With the continued assistance of my Department, the opportunities being provided to Gaeltacht communities and the Irish-speaking community are constantly being strengthened to shape what they want from the Irish language within their own communities.”
While visiting the Donegal Gaeltacht yesterday, the Minister of State Chambers said: “At the heart of the language planning process in the broadest sense is the basic principle of bottom-up and top-down. As a result of the Government’s ongoing commitment and the ongoing commitment of the Gaeltacht community to implement the process, the Department, other relevant state bodies and Irish language and Gaeltacht organisations are able to work more closely together than ever for the benefit of the Irish Language and the Gaeltacht.
“That is a great thing. In parallel with the fruitful work being undertaken at community level under the process, work is also underway to build from the top down. In that context, I would like to mention the work that I am currently undertaking in order to bring the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019 through the Houses of the Oireachtas.”
He congratulated the lead organisations of the Rosses Language Planning Area and Dungloe Gaeltacht Service Town – Coiste Pleanála Teanga na Rosann agus Forbairt na Rosann CTR – for what has been done to date.
He added “These language plans will certainly support each other in their implementation. I also congratulate Údarás na Gaeltachta who are supporting the implementation of these language plans with the funding of the Department and all those who are participating in the language planning process in the area.
“The significant language planning funding announced indicates that the Government is committed to the language planning process and that ongoing support will be provided for the implementation of these plans and for the process as a whole. This funding and the announced capital fund will ensure that the good work being done for the Irish language and the Gaeltacht here in Donegal will continue.”
|Organisation||Language Planning Area||Permitted|
|Coiste Forbartha Dún Lúiche – equipment for the community hall||Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire & Loch an Iúir||€4,881|
|Gaoth Dobhair GAA – equipment for the gym and hall||Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire & Loch an Iúir||€9,010|
|Coiste Tuismitheoirí Scoil Chonaill – play and sport equipment||Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire & Loch an Iúir||€6,520|
|Ionad Pobail Theilinn – sound system||South Donegal||€1,782|
|Coiste Tuismitheoirí Scoil Chonaill – play and sport equipment||North Donegal||€1,093|
|Gaoth Dobhair Aontaithe – Temporary poles to be added to club axes||Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire & Loch an Iúir||€1,520|
|Ruagairí an Chéidigh – fence around pitch and ball keeping net.||Na Rosa||€33,698|
|Coiste Tuismitheoirí Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair – engraver||Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire & Loch an Iúir||€5,500|