Airdeall

Airdeall is a community based lobby group which operates under the auspices of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge.

Its aim is to make sure that the planning process is being used to keep the Irish Language alive as a living language, to protect it and to promote is as a community language in the Gaeltacht. Airdeall includes representatives from the main Gaeltacht areas.

 

Airdeall's members intend to monitor planning applications and to draw the planning authorities attention to the damage that could be caused to the Irish Language as a living community language by large-scale housing developments and such that are allowed in Gaeltacht areas without taking linguistic conditions into account.

 

The participants of Airdeall are doing this work on a voluntary basis with legal and planning advice as well as sociolinguistic expertise available to them.

This work should be the responsibility of a state agency, with professionals employed to ensure that the linguistic environment receives the same protection as the natural or physical environment. Airdeall will fill the gap until such an agency is founded. If it happens that large-scale housing developments are allowed with no conditions about language protection and preservation, Airdeall is  prepared to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála, based on the constitutional duty of every planning authority with a Gaeltacht area within its remit, to ensure the protection and preservation of the linguistic heritage and culture of that Gaeltacht through the planning process.

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