‘Need for action plan’
Pól Ó Muirí
The co-ordinating body for Irish-language voluntary groups, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, believe that there is a need for “an action plan” if the Government’s proposed 20-year strategy for Irish is to succeed. They will put the proposal before today’s Joint Committee on Gaeltacht Affairs in Dublin which is to discuss the plan with language groups.
In addition, Comhdháil will argue that an organized structure for managing the strategy and an independent review on its implementation and evaluation must be established. They also say that there must be an integrated curriculum for teaching Irish from pre-school to third level; that the role of Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) in the promotion of the Irish language through the Irish-medium education system must be strengthened and that an pro-Irish-language recruitment policy be established for the Public Service.
President of the organisation, P.T. Mac Ruairí said that “the intrinsic value of the Irish language is not easy to estimate and the State must make a long-term investment in the future of the language through the 20-year Strategy. The State must focus on the short, medium and long-term priorities in order to achieve the desired outcome of the draft-strategy in a way that ensures value for money”.