Oileán Chléire (Cape Clear) has been announced as one of four new Language Planning Areas as Údarás na Gaeltachta invites applications from local organisations interested in undertaking language plans.
In brief, language planning can be described as planning interventions that attempt to influence the language spoken in a particular community. It can also be described as a collection of ideas, laws, regulations and practices that exist to achieve a planned change in language usage in a particular community. The objective of language planning in this case is the increase in Irish-language speakers and the preservation of Irish-language use as a family and community language.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has identified 26 areas for the purposes of this Language Planning Act. Under the Act, the existing Gaeltacht will be redesignated as Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas, providing that language plans have been agreed with the communities in accordance with the prescribed language planning criteria.
Údarás na Gaeltachta invites applications from organisations and community groups interested becoming Lead Organisations and undertaking language plans in these four new areas; Na Rosa, Co. Donegal; Maigh Eo Thiar, Co. Mayo; Maigh Cuilinn, Co. Galway and Cléire, Co. Cork.
To date 18 Lead Organisations are undertaking language plans in 18 Language Planning Areas.
The deadline for applications is 16 September 2016. Údarás will hold information sessions in each of the areas over the coming weeks. Further information is available from the Údarás website www.udaras.ie/an-ghaeilge-an-ghaeltacht.