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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 22, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    ‘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.

    • Fionn says:

      They have no authority to change the title which has statutory authority. Are we now going to see rebranding at enormous cost? Essentialy, they are teeing themselves up to be the authority elect for what is envisaged in the Stategy. This would be unwelcome. Morphing is not a sound basis for effecting the type of radical change which the Strategy alleges to espouse.

    • Do you think that Foras na Gaeilge have realised yet that someone has mugged them, taken their name and their responsibilities? First blow in the Turf War to UnaG?

    • neil o'flaherty says:

      The last thing the Irish language needs, now that it is sadly at death’s door is to have a bunch of political hacks deciding that they have even more expertise in language policy development and implementation than they previously had, when the Gaeltacht itself was the extent of their remit.

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