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Taoiseach launches 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030


 At the launch of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 today, the Taoiseach said “For the first time since the foundation of the State, we have a comprehensive long-term plan for the Irish language. This plan aims to increase the number of people who speak Irish on a daily basis from 83,000 to 250,000 over the next 20 years. Achieving this goal will not be easy, but I am confident that we will succeed.”

The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD, said “This new and comprehensive national plan will allow us to take a new approach and ensure that the State, language organisations and the public are working together to promote the Irish language.”

The Taoiseach referred to the renaissance which the Irish language has enjoyed in recent years while also acknowledging that the language remains in a vulnerable position as the primary community language of the Gaeltacht. The Taoiseach said “If we are to protect the status of the language in the Gaeltacht and increase the number of speakers nationally, we now need a more modern, strategic and collaborative approach to language promotion and maintenance. We also need a more enhanced engagement with the public than we may have had in the past. The Government’s new 20-Year Strategy will provide us with the framework to achieve that. It will also allow us to focus resources towards the area of language planning.”

The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD, highlighted the level of cross-party support in the Oireachtas that the Strategy received during its preparation. The Minister referred to the fact that over 1.6 million people claim some competence in Irish and said “This Strategy seeks to address the gap between competence in and usage of the language with a view to ensuring that the language survives and thrives.”

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Press Office, Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs – 01 6473130 /087 6979135 or eolas@pobail.ie

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