Tuesday, 23 May 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
368. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his proposals in respect of the existing Gaeltacht boundaries in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19173/06]
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív):
The Deputy may be aware that an important linguistic study, which commenced in April 2004, is being conducted on behalf of my Department by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, University of Ireland, Galway, in conjunction with the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, University of Ireland, Maynooth. The study is examining Irish language usage in the Gaeltacht as a basis for strengthening the linguistic development of the Gaeltacht as an Irish-speaking area;
and for a review of the official Gaeltacht boundaries.
This examination is now nearing completion. All of the findings and proposals emerging from the study will receive careful and considered examination on its presentation to my Department. Any proposals which may emerge on foot of that examination, in particular regarding the redefinition of the Gaeltacht boundaries, will be put before Government in due course.
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