Mid Ulster District Council has opened consultation on its draft Irish language policy.
The consultation is part of an ‘equality impact assessment’, giving members of the public an opportunity to comment on the content of the draft policy, which sets out a series of guiding principles and positive actions to promote, enhance and protect the Irish language.
The new draft policy has been developed under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages which aims to safeguard specific languages by ensuring they are promoted and encouraged in speech and writing, as well as in private and public life.
The Chair of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, Councillor Sean McGuigan, is encouraging people to respond to the consultation:
“Over 17% of the population in Mid Ulster have some ability in Irish, so it is a significant part of our multi-cultural and multi-lingual society. I would encourage those who already have an interest in and knowledge of Irish, as well as those who aren’t familiar with the language, to consider the policy and feedback their views as part of the equality impact assessment process”.
The consultation documents can be found here.
The consultation closes on Monday 7 September 2015.