Developing a comprehensive policy and strategy to enhance and protect the development of the Irish Language
In 2006, the St Andrews Act 2006 was passed at Westminster. It places a duty upon the NI Assembly Executive to adopt a strategy ‘to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.’ On 7th March 2008 POBAL organised a Conference in the Europa Hotel, Belfast to form a strategy for the promotion of the Irish Language. Language experts Sigve Gramstad, Vice-chairperson of the Committee of Experts on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages at the Council of Europe, Meirion Prys Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Language Board and Dòmhnall Màrtainn, former CEO of Comunn na Gàidhlig in Scotland attended to speak to the well attended conference. Representatives from the Irish Language community and other interested bodies were in attendance also. Workshops on the day dicussed and gathered ideas in this regard.
As a result of the conference POBAL produced it’s document, ‘Developing a Comprehensive Policy and Strategy to Enhance and Protect the Development of the Irish Language’.
A copy of this document can be downloaded here
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