[lg policy] Ireland: Second Irish Language Scheme Is Published

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 11 15:24:34 UTC 2009

Second Irish Language Scheme Is Published
Co. Clare, Ireland

— 10 Jul. 2009 —

The availability of public services through the Irish language will be
further strengthened over the coming years, according to Minister of
State Tony Killeen.  The Clare T.D. made his comments following the
publication of the second Irish Language Scheme 2009 – 2012 by the
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Minister of State Tony Killeen T.D. said the new Scheme builds on and
consolidates the commitments in the first Scheme. He explained: “It
sets out a commitment on behalf of the Department to develop the
extent to which services are currently available through Irish and
identifies areas for future enhancement. Under this Scheme the
Government will continue to deliver the commitments set out in its
first scheme and will build on the progress achieved over the
preceding period. I am also pleased that this new Scheme sets out a
framework for the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
to further develop the extent to which services are currently
available to our customers through Irish.”

Minister of State Killeen continued: “This Scheme also takes account
of the adoption by Government in December 2006 of the Policy Statement
in relation to Irish that sets out a number of key principles for
supporting the language; the policy context of the proposed 20 Year
Strategy for the Irish Language; and the particular mandate that the
Department has in respect of supporting the extension and growth in
use of the Irish language countrywide, including its maintenance in
the Gaeltacht, which is the primary source of the living language.”

In relation to the wider implementation of the Official Languages Act,
the Department has worked with partners to develop a range of supports
to assist public bodies in meeting their obligations under the Act and
in meeting the challenges of delivering on the commitments in their
respective Language Schemes. These include:

- a Quality Assurance System for Translators;
- an on-line database of placenames www.logainm.ie;
- development of an Irish Language Translation Memory Resource;
- a glossary of signage and other terms established by Foras na
Gaeilge on its website www.gaeilge.ie;
- development of a database of EU and legal terminology in Irish; and
- Freagra, a help-line for the public sector (freagra at acmhainn.ie).

Minister of State Killeen said it is envisaged the Department will
continue to make such supports available, as appropriate, in the
period ahead.

The Department’s Language Scheme 2009-1012 is available on www.pobail.ie

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