Promoting the Irish language and supporting the Gaeltacht
Labour recognises the central place of the Irish language in our heritage, in our history and as a rich resource in daily life. We are committed to continuing to promote the language in the next government.
Labour in Government has introduced a new integrated language curriculum so young children learn English and Irish together and overseen a 42% increase in the numbers taking Irish to Leaving Cert level.
Our plan for the next five years:
- Maintain Irish as a central part of our education system
- Continue the growth of Irish-medium education so that parents have greater access to Irish-language schools
- Ensure high-quality, Irish-medium preschool places are available in Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas
- Put in place a new inspection system for Summer Colleges across the country
- Provide funding to Irish speaking Gaeltacht areas to encourage those without Irish to use the language
- Continue to invest in employment through Údarás na Gaeltachta in areas such as tourism, artisan food projects and the growing areas of cultural tourism
- Ensure that all citizens can access Government services in Irish