20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030

The 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language outlines an integrated approach to the Irish language, in which 9 areas of action are specified, which are education, the Gaeltacht, the family, public services, the media and technology, dictionaries, legislation, the economy and cross-cutting initiatives. The relevant actions under the Strategy are being implemented by the various stakeholders, including this Department.

Read the Department’s latest Progress Report under the Strategy.

Read the Department’s 20 Year Strategy

THE VISION

The objective of Government policy in relation to Irish is to increase on an incremental basis the use and knowledge of Irish as a community language. Specifically, the Government’s aim is to ensure that as many citizens as possible are bilingual in both Irish and English. It is an integral component of the Government’s Irish language policy that close attention be given to its place in the Gaeltacht, particularly in light of research which indicates that the language’s viability as a household and community language in the Gaeltacht is under threat.

The aim of Government policy is also to:

  • increase the number of families throughout the country who use Irish as the daily language of communication;
  • provide linguistic support for the Gaeltacht as an Irish-speaking community and to recognise the issues which arise in areas where Irish is the household and community language;
  • ensure that in public discourse and in public services the use of Irish or English will be, as far as practical, a choice for the citizen to make and that over time more and more people throughout the State will choose to do their business in Irish; and
  • ensure that Irish becomes more visible in our society, both as a spoken language by our citizens and also in areas such as signage and literature.