Officials at the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs are working on a new scheme that will replace the Irish language speaking scheme. Minister Dinny McGinley said that the objective of the new scheme will be to support families who decide to raise their children with the Irish language. “I hope that within three months we will have a new scheme that will support families who decide to raise their children with Irish. I hope that this new scheme will support families who make that decision. The details are, as yet, not confirmed but I do hope to be able to announce them very shortly.”
It was announced last April that the scheme was coming to an end. The decision to cease the payment was heavily criticised by Deputy Pearse Dpherty. Officials at the department have already began to work on the new scheme.