Gaeltacht Act 2012

The Gaeltacht Act 2012 (Irish: Acht na Gaeltachta 2012) is an Act of the Oireachtas of Ireland. The Act redefined the traditional Irish-speaking areas or Gaeltacht in the Republic of Ireland on linguistic criteria instead of on geographic areas which had been the position until 2012. While the traditional Gaeltacht boundaries still exist the Act sets out ways where areas outside the Gaeltacht can be formally designated as Líonraí Gaeilge (Irish Language Networks) and Bailte Seirbhísí Gaeltachta (Gaeltacht Service Towns).[1] In 2016 it was announced that Galway City, Dingle and Letterkenny would be the first recognised Bailte Seirbhísí Gaeltachta under the Gaeltacht Act 2012 subject to them adopting and implementing approved language plans.[2] [3] In February 2018 the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Foras na Gaeilge announced that five areas- Belfast, Loughrea, Carn Tóchair, Ennis and Clondalkin- were going to be designated as the first formal Líonraí Gaeilge areas under the Act.[4][5] Foras na Gaeilge have said that they expect the status to be given to other areas also.[6]

A map of the current official Gaeltacht areas in Ireland in 2020

The Act also brought the process of the introduction of Language Plans in the Gaeltacht into existence and gave statutory effect to the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 by Údarás na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht and changed the process by which the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta are elected.

Údarás na Gaeltachta are responsible for the implmentation of the Gaeltacht Act 2012 in the Gaeltacht including the Bailte Seirbhíse Gaeltachta and they also oversee the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010–2030 in the Gaeltacht

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  1. ^ "Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht press release,Gaeltacht Act 2012". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Dúchas, Daingean Uí Chúis website". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Letterkenny announced as Gaeltacht Service Town - Donegal Now". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Ennis Recognised As Líonra Gaeilge- Clare FM". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Irish-speaking areas in north set for official status for first time- The Irish News". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Historical Step for Irish Language Speaking Communities outside of the Gaeltacht- Foras na Gaeilge". Retrieved 1 March 2018.

External linksEdit

Gaeltacht Act 2012 from the Irish Statute Book.