A new all-island investment plan was launched in Mansion House, Dublin, on Tuesday, 6 October 2015, which could create over 1,160 jobs and provide a huge variety of opportunities for the public to use the Irish language.
The investment plan is being proposed by over 70 Irish-language and Gaeltacht groups, including community and all-island organisations such as CAIRDE Teo and their funding authorities, and the groups are looking for all political parties to show their support for the plan in their general election manifestos.
The community and all-island organisations are also looking for representative commitments to ensure that the investment plan is acted upon, including the appointment of Senior Ministers north and south to act on behalf of the Irish language and the Gaeltacht and to ensure that the plan is well managed and implemented in full.
Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“The Dublin Government is planning to spend €1.5 billion more next year – we want to ensure that the Irish language and the Gaeltacht communities’ needs are addressed as part of this. With a small investment, the plan would return a huge employment boost and provide many more opportunities for the public to use Irish, or to learn the language. This is why Conradh na Gaeilge are calling on every political party – north and south – to commit to funding this all-island investment in the Irish language community.”
Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“The Irish people have repeatedly reiterated their support for the Irish language in various reports and surveys, and indeed they have even indicated lately that more funding should be provided to this end, but the public also want and need more chances to use the language. The targeted funding being sought in this investment plan would afford communities across the country further opportunities to speak and learn the language, especially at a local level.”
Caoimhe Ní hEaraill, volunteer with CAIRDE Teo says:
“This is the first time that the Irish-language and Gaeltacht organisations within the community have agreed on specific schemes and projects with the relevant authorities, in order to make the most significant progress and to achieve the best value for money possible, based on all the expertise and experience in the sector. CAIRDE Teo has been working within the community for years, and we see that there are numerous benefits to be gained from this Irish-language and Gaeltacht investment plan for our own area thanks to the fact language services will be available to the local people – this means that there will be more employment and enterprise in the area as well, and that more people will have the opportunity to use Irish in Armagh too. Now all we need is for our political representatives to support the advice coming from these grassroots groups and to commit to investing in the language and in the Gaeltacht.”
Conradh na Gaeilge, CAIRDE Teo, and the other 70+ groups involved in the Irish-language and Gaeltacht investment plan being launched in Mansion House, Dublin, are calling on all political parties to pledge their support for the commitments sought in the plan, and for general election candidates and their political parties to include the specific commitments in their election manifestos.