‘National role’ and new name for Údarás na Gaeltachta
Pól Ó Muirí
The board of the Gaeltacht development agency, Údarás na Gaeltachta, have decided to change the name of the organisation to Údarás na Gaeltachta agus na Gaeilge in recognition that the future of Irish in the Gaeltacht is entwined with the development of the language nationally and that both branches of the Irish-language community needed stronger links. At a meeting in Na Forbacha, Co Galway, today, the board welcomed the Government’s 20 Year Strategy for Irish and recognised the importance of the “new role” it, as a Gaeltacht-based agency, would have in developing language projects on a national basis.
It was a matter of encouragement, they said, that the organisation was to have a central role in delivering the strategy and the board believed that that role was a vote of confidence in them. They welcomed the proposed “radical reorganisation” of Irish within the education system. There was a need to provide specific teaching qualifications through Irish, a professional training centre to train teachers in Irish, to emphasise spoken Irish in the curriculum and to keep 20 per cent of places in teaching colleges for students from Gaeltacht schools and Gaelscoileanna.