Monday, May 17, 2010

Reevaluation of Irish language entities

Review of the Irish Language organisations funded by Foras na Gaeilge

This is a release from the Forum for Joint Planning
At a meeting of the Irish language organisations core-funded by Foras na Gaeilge, announcements made by Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD, in the media last week were welcomed, which related to the continuation of funding for said organisations until a review, which is currently being carried out by Foras na Gaeilge under the direction of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC), is completed.

Two meetings of the core-funded organisations were held last week, on Monday 10 May 2010, and on Friday 14 May 2010. An expert in the field of transition management was appointed as a facilitator at Friday’s meeting. A Forum for Joint Planning was established during the meetings, and recommendations relating to the restructuring of the sector have been forwarded to Foras na Gaeilge.

Both recommendations submitted to date to Foras na Gaeilge by the core-funded organisations respond specifically to the directive issued by the NSMC on 2 December 2009.

The progress outlined above demonstrates the core-funded organisations’ dedication to the ongoing process. The recently established Forum for Joint Planning will provide a strong basis for further co-operation between organisations in the future. The core-funded organisations are hopeful that they can continue the process in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge, and with the relevant Government Departments both North and South, to the benefit of the Irish language and the Irish language voluntary sector.

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