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Donegal could get three Gaeltacht Service Towns

Joe McHugh, TD.

Joe McHugh, TD.

LETTERKENNY, Donegal and Dungloe were announced on Friday as locations which ‘may’ be recognised as Gaeltacht Service Towns under the Gaeltacht Act 2012. 

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, announced a list at the Gaillimh le Gaeilge Christmas lunch on Friday.

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“The announcement of this list is a step forward in the language planning process as it relates to Gaeltacht Service Towns. I hope that all of the stakeholders will come together in these towns to prepare and implement a language plan,” Deputy McHugh said.

The list was published following the public consultation process conducted by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in which recommendations were sought in relation to the most appropriate towns to be selected as Gaeltacht Service Towns.

Údarás na Gaeltachta or Foras na Gaeilge, as appropriate, will be working with the relevant organisations to prepare and implement language plans in these towns, depending on whether the town is situated in a Gaeltacht area or outside of the Gaeltacht.

“It has been agreed with Foras na Gaeilge and with Údarás na Gaeltachta that the focus will first be on Galway City, Letterkenny and Daingean Uí Chúis,” Minister McHugh said.

Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, Gaeltacht Service Towns are defined as those towns situated in or adjacent to Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas and which have a significant role in providing public services, recreational, social and commercial facilities for those areas.

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