Symposium to address Gaeltacht issues

An Ghaeltacht

An Ghaeltacht

Academics and members of the public will meet in Gaoth Dobhair to discuss the steps that must be taken to ensure the future of the Gaeltacht on June 28th.

A research report prepared for the Department of the Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge by academics Conchúr Ó Giollagáin and Seosamh Mac Donnacha highlighted significant steps that must be taken to secure the future of the Gaeltacht.

The report was prepared in 2007.

People will travel from across Ireland to be present at the symposium “Cáide mar is féidir an Ghaeltacht a shabháil?”which will be chaired by Mac Donnacha at 10am at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge on June 28th.

Ó Giollagáin will chair the discussion on language planning.

A member of the organising committee, which also hosts ‘Goitse to Gaoth Dobhair,’ Danny Brown said the event is a positive one which could reap a positive dividend for the area.

“Since this study was published seven years ago, people are aware that the Gaeltacht May be in danger.”

He added: “The number of people raising their children with Irish has declined and the standard of Irish children have on going to school has also declined.”

The spokesperson for the committee which was established as part of the “dearg le fearg” campaign said that should the Gaeltacht be abolished there would be serious financial implications for the people of the area.




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