Foras na Gaeilge
Grúpa Idir-Rannach
Feidhmithe na Cairte / ICIG
24 Eanáir 2008
An Staid reatha i dTÉ/Current
position in NI
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European Charter
Code of Courtesy – August 2005
St. Andrew’s Agreement Act - strategy
DE Strategy for Languages
Language Act
Roles, Responsibilities and
Obligations – Guidance
Departments must:
 Keep at all times within the spirit of the Charter, as
reflected in Part II.
 Ensure all staff are familiar with those provisions of the
Charter that apply to Irish and Ulster-Scots and know
how their department will implement them.
 Fulfil the specific obligations that relate to them under
Part III of the Charter.
 Seek legal advice if there are difficulties with
discretionary aspects of the Charter.
Charter Objectives – Part 2
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the recognition of the regional or minority languages as
an expression of cultural wealth;
the need for resolute action to promote regional or
minority languages in order to safeguard them;
the facilitation and/or encouragement of the use of
regional or minority languages, in speech and writing,
in public and private life;
the provision of appropriate forms and means for the
teaching and study of regional or minority languages at
all appropriate stages;
Charter Objectives
 Eliminate
restrictions on the use of languages,
 Ensure that users of minority languages are not
excluded from society
 Include language users in the decision-making
processes that affect their language
 Take ‘resolute action’ to promote regional or minority
languages
 Ensure that languages are dealt with appropriately
within the education system.
Charter Objectives
Maintain
 Safeguard
 Protect
 St. Andrew’s: “adapt a strategy to enhance
and protect the development of . . .”
 Implementation plan
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Linguistic developments
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An Foras Teanga – various schemes
ILBF
Ulster Scots Academy
IME, SMUC, QUB/UU
Gaeltacht Quarter
Limited services
The way forward/Bealach chun
tosaigh
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Perceptions are everything
Two way street – need to help one another and
build capacity
Language of choice
Question of Access
The way forward/Bealach chun
tosaigh (ar lean)
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Proactive – as recommended in Part 2:
Publicise services available
Normalisation process
DE strategy for languages – LINK?
Joined up approach – DE & DHSSPS
Simple steps
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Audit – linguistic ability/willingness to provide a service
Prepare and implement a plan based on the audit
Signage – in all State Departments and public / local
Authorities as well as road signage
Road signage – An Cheathrú Gaeltachta
Preferred version of name and full address at all times
and in all kinds of documentation
Publish certain documents – choose the audience
Front line services – planned introduction
Simple steps
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Provision for teaching of languages on a wider
basis
Provision of “cultural studies” on a proper
footing
Build on services
Publish – use the net / Co-operate
Initiate the repeal of the Administration of
Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) 1737. (Positive
messages)
Achoimre / Synopsis
Audit
 Signage
 Publish
 Front line services
 Steady progress
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