[lg policy] Mid Ulster Council to hold public consultation on Irish language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 16:14:58 UTC 2015

Mid Ulster Council to hold public consultation on Irish language

Mid Ulster District Council is expected to open their public consultion on
its draft Irish language policy, at the beginning of April.

The consultation will take place as part of an ‘equality impact
assessment’, giving members of the public an opportunity to comment on the
content of the draft policy, which sets out a series of guiding principles
and positive actions to promote, enhance and protect the Irish language.

The new draft policy has been developed under the European Charter for
Regional or Minority Languages which aims to safeguard specific languages
by ensuring they are promoted and encouraged in speech and writing, as well
as in private and public life.

Presiding Councillor (Chair) of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor
Cáthal Mallaghan, has welcomed the development of the policy:

“In Mid Ulster almost 23,000 people, which equates to 17.4% of the
population, have some ability in Irish and just over 6% can speak, read,
write and understand the language, so Irish is a significant part of the
multi-cultural and multi-lingual society which makes up our new Council

“The development of a new policy is a way of recognising, supporting and
encouraging that linguistic diversity, as well as meeting our obligations
under the European Charter”.

Chair of the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee, Councillor Sean
McPeake, is encouraging local people to respond to the consultation when it

“The measures and actions in the proposed policy are intended to be
practical and positive ways of promoting the language, as well as raising
awareness of Irish as a reflection of the broad linguistic culture and
heritage of Mid Ulster.

“I would encourage those who already have an interest in and knowledge of
Irish, as well as those who aren’t familiar with the language to consider
the policy and feedback their views as part of the equality impact
assessment process”.

Consultation on the draft Irish Language Policy is expected to begin in
April and a sister policy for Ulster Scots is also under development by the


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