Language plan underway in The Rosses

Gaeltacht groups in The Rosses have been invited to begin planning the development of the Irish language in the area.

Sean Kyne, Junior Gaeltacht Minister, has asked the groups to consider their plans for the language as they are essential to the Gaeltacht status of The Rosses area.

The groups have two months to submit their expressions of interest, with the successful organisation working with Udaras na Gaeltachta to prepare a language plan.

From there, they will then have 7 years to implement the plans, with regular reviews of the plan’s preparation and performance being undertaken. The process is already underway in other Gaeltacht areas in Donegal, such as Gaoth Dobhair and Cloughaneely.

Udaras na Gaeltachta Board Member, John Curran, says this is an important initiative for The Rosses.

“Securing the future”

“This is about securing the future of the Irish language within The Rosses area and about looking at the baseline that’s there and supporting the community in The Rosses to achieve that in the future,” he said.

Dungloe is one of the largest Gaeltacht towns in Donegal and as other language planning areas are ahead of them in the process, Curran says that it is important for The Rosses to learn from their fellow Gaeltacht communities and implement the process smoothly over the coming months.

“Udaras na Gaeltachta has organised a number of events that takes all the language planning areas together so that they can share info and learn from each other and see the work going forward. It is important that the areas are learning and that this learning is shared within the community,” he said.