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Údarás na Gaeilge to present its view of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

Údarás na Gaeilge to present its view of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

At the end of November, the Government published a 20 Year Strategy for the Irish language in draft form, and since then the draft-strategy has been examined on an ongoing basis by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. 


The Joint Oireachtas Committee have since given organisations who promote the Irish language at a national level, and organisations who promote the Irish language in Gaeltacht areas a chance to have their say on the strategy, by presenting their thoughts on the implications of the Strategy to the Joint Committee. 

In January, six organisations and one individual were given the opportunity to present their views of the Strategy to the Joint Committee.  Representatives were present from Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge, Pobal, Comhluadar, TG4 and Foras na Gaeilge along with researcher and public activist Donncha Ó hÉallaithe. 

In late February, a representation from the Joint Committee travelled to Conamara, where they met with groups who deal with the Irish language within the Gaeltacht.  

A full list of all such groups invited to present  to the representation of the Joint Committee on the implications of the proposed strategy on the language in the Gaeltacht over the next 20 years, is available at this link.

One such group, Guth na Gaeltachta have made their presentation available in audio MP3 format, at this link.  

Over the same weekend, representatives from the Joint Committee attended Tóstal na Gaeilge, (www.tostal.ie) to listen to the views of the public  in relation to the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish language.  #

At 2pm tomorrow in Leinster House, members of the Joint Committee will gather to meet with representatives of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge and Fiontar DCU to listen to their account of the strengths and weaknesses of the 20 Year Strategy, as well as the changes they recommend should be effected prior to the implementation of the Strategy. 

Speaking at the Tóstal na Gaeilge conference recently, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Pádraig Ó hAoláin said that the Strategy was an opportunity for a “radical new era” for the language.

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