Mid Ulster District Council has officially launched two language policies.
At an event in Cookstown yesterday (Thursday 7 December) both the Irish Language and Ulster Scots policies were introduced, with speakers from Conradh na Gaeilge and Ulster University endorsing the principles and plans for promoting, protecting and developing the languages locally.
Among other commitments, the policies set out how the Council intends to facilitate and encourage the use of Irish and Ulster Scots in both speech and writing in Mid Ulster, to promote understanding of both languages and to develop links between groups and organisations that share an interest in the development and appreciation of the languages.
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Dominic Molloy, Chair of the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee, said:
“I very much welcome the opportunity to launch both these innovative and progressive policies, which are a significant step forward in the promotion of our indigenous languages locally and show our willingness and desire to respect our linguistic diversity and build an open and respectful dialogue within and across our language communities.
“We are proud of the efforts which have been made over the last number of years to promote and develop interest in both the Irish and Ulster Scots languages across the district and look forward to seeing positive results from the implementation of these policies and their associated action plans”.
The Irish Language and Ulster Scots policies are available to view and download by clicking here.