Donegal man appointed as chair of Foras na Gaeilge

New role for former TG4 boss

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Pol Ó Gallchóir.

Gaoth Dobhair man and former head of Irish language television station TG4, Pól Ó Gallchóir, has been appointed as the new chairman of Foras na Gaeilge.

Mr Ó Gallchóir had previously been with RTÉ’s Raidió na Gaeltachta between 1987 and in 1994 became head of the station.

After a number of years in that post he was appointed director general of TG4 in 2000, which he left last September.

He replaces the late Joe McDonagh, who died in May.

The new board for the group was announced on Friday and there are still two vacancies still to be filled on the board.

Foras na Gaeilge is the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland, was founded in 1999.

In the Good Friday Agreement, it was stated that a North/South Implementation body be set up to promote both the Irish language and the Ulster Scots language. Under the auspices of this body, Foras na Gaeilge is now carrying out all the designated responsibilities regarding the Irish language.