Frequently Asked Questions

What is Language Planning?

What is a Language Planning Area?

What are the Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas?

What type of organisation can apply?

How long do organisations have to make an application?

How long will it take Údarás to select an organisation?

What is a Language Planning Lead-Organisation?

What are the Gaeltacht Language Planning Criteria?

What is a Gaeltacht Service Town?

What is an Irish Language Network?


What is Language Planning ?

There are many definitions of language planning. In brief, language planning can be described as planning interventions which attempt to influence the language spoken in a particular community. It can also be described as a collection of ideas, laws, regulations and practices that exist to achieve a planned change in language usage in a particular community. The objective of language planning in this case is the increase in Irish-language speakers and the preservation of Irish-language use as a family and community language. (Language Planning Guidelines)
 
 


What is a Language Planning Area?

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has identified 26 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas for the purposes of the Act. Under the Act, the existing Gaeltacht will be redesignated as Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas providing that language plans have been agreed with the communities in the various areas in accordance with the prescribed language planning criteria. Further information about the Language Planning Areas and the electoral divisions .
 
 


What are the Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas?

The Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas
 
 


What type of organisation can apply?

Organisations/community groups which are located in the various areas, or adjacent to them, can make an application to become a language planning lead-organisation for the Language Planning Areas.
 
 


How long do organisations have to make an application?

Organisations have up to two months, from the date that the Language Planning Area is announced, to make an application.
 
 


How long will it take Údarás to select an organisation?

The assessment process may take up to two months from the closing date for applications.
 
 


What is a Language Planning Lead-Organisation?

This is the organisation that will be selected for each Language Planning Area to prepare and implement a language plan. The lead-organisation will have a period of up to 2 years to prepare a plan and 7 years to implement it. The lead-organisation will be representative of the community, community organisations, voluntary committees in the Language Planning Area, and will aim to increase the use of Irish in that area.
 
 


What are the Gaeltacht Language Planning Criteria?

The language planning criteria set out the key areas that should be taken into consideration in any language plan that will be prepared in the future for the Language Planning Areas. These criteria will be used to assess the preparation and implementation of the language plans. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will use these criteria to assess language plans submitted to the Minister, as prescribed under the Gaeltacht Act 2012.
A copy of the criteria is available and the following sets out the main themes on which the criteria are based:
1. The educational system;
2. Childcare, pre-school and family support services, including language support services;
3. Services for young people and other age groups;
4. Learning opportunities outside of the education system;
5. The business sector;
6. Community organisations and cooperatives;
7. The media;
8. Public services;
9. Physical planning and development;
10. Social and recreational services; and
11. Use of Irish in the community, the community’s attitude towards it and how much the community in general supports the language plan

Find here a copy of the Statutory Instruments which outline the language planning criteria for the Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas .
 
 


What is a Gaeltacht Service Town?

Gaeltacht Service Towns are towns in, or adjacent to, Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas which play a significant role in the delivery of public services and leisure, social and commercial amenities to the community of those areas. Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, a town must have a population of at least 1,000, according to the most recent census, to be included as a Gaeltacht Service Town. Recognition under the Act will be given to Gaeltacht Service Towns providing that language plans have been agreed with the communities of the various towns in accordance with the prescribed language planning criteria.
 
 


What is an Irish Language Network?

Irish-Language Networks are areas which have achieved a basic critical mass of community and State support for the Irish language. Recognition under the Act will be given to Irish Language Networks providing that language plans have been agreed with the communities of the various networks in accordance with the prescribed language planning criteria. Foras na Gaeilge is responsible under the Act for supporting organisations with regard to the preparation and implementation of the language plans in the Irish Language Networks.