Extra €2.5m to help Irish language and create jobs


Irish language groups will receive an additional €2.5 million, in an announcement by Irish Government during their recent Budget, with funding to go towards creating more jobs in Gaeltacht areas between now and 2020. The additional funding will benefit groups advocating for Irish language and Gaeltacht affairs, the language planning process, jobs created by Údarás na Gaeltachta, and various training programmes as Gaeilge.

Funding will support the following services:

  • An additional €1.4 million to support the language planning process under the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language
  • An extra €400,000 for Údarás na Gaeltachta to invest in its capital programmes and to increase supports for Gaeltacht co-operatives and community development organisations
  • An additional allocation of €687,000 for the Department’s language support schemes outside the Gaeltacht.

In total, €62.595 million has been allocated for next year for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the islands.

Announcing the additional funding yesterday, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said during his Budget speech that “our national language is a vital part our country”.

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