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Public consultation on funding of Irish organisations

Public consultation on funding of Irish organisations

A new public consultation on a new funding model for Irish language  organisations has been launched today.

Members of the public as well as Irish language organisations and other bodies will be invited to take part in the consultation process by completing questionnaires about the new funding model for the Irish language voluntary sector.

Public events are also set to held in every province over the next few months  and Foras na Gaeilge have said they will hold focus groups as part of the consultation process.

A huge shake-up is on the cards for the Irish language voluntary sector where presently most of the major  Irish language organisations receive annual core funding from Foras na Gaeilge. Under the new regime, Irish organisations will have to apply for funding under new proposed schemes.

This public consultation follows an an outcry by organisations last October that  criticisms made by the organisations were being ignored. The  North South Ministerial Council then ordered a full 12 week public consultation processes with the organisations.

Foras na Gaeilge says that the aim of the review is to improve methods in which information and services are provided to the public, to ensure better value for money and to ensure a more sustainable and efficient voluntary sector.

The proposed funding structure will have eight schemes based on various areas of language use and promotion including  advocacy, the arts , language  learning resources , youth services, community radio, education, pre-schooling and public supports.

Foras na Gaeilge envisage that only one organisation or a very limited number of organisations will receive funding under each scheme.

The  review process has been ongoing since 2008. Presently 7 organisations in Northern Ireland and 12 organisation in the Republic will be affected by changes in the funding structure.

Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht as well as Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs as well as Carál Ní Chuilín,  Minister for Culure, Arts and Leisure for Northern Ireland have all welcomed the launch of the consultation process  which will close on April 2. Further information on the new structure is available from

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