NUI Galway Launches Online Survey On Irish Language Plan

NUI Galway is seeking the public’s opinion for the proposed Irish Language Plan for Galway City.

The plan was designed under the Gaeltacht Act 2012 and the goal is to establish Irish as a community language by increasing its use and knowledge in the city in the next seven years.

The online survey aims to discover the community’s needs in regards to the development of the Irish language in Galway.

In 2018, NUI Galway’s Dr John Walsh of the Department of Irish and Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín from Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, were appointed by the Galway City Council and Gaillimh le Gaeilge to develop an Irish Language Plan for the city.

The lectures said in a joint statement that the survey is a part of their research into the views of Galway City residents towards the Irish language.

“We are also conducting interviews and focus groups with a broad range of people including Irish speakers and those who are interested in becoming more active in their use of the language,” they said.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Polish is the second most spoken language in Ireland.

Another study by the CSO in 2016 showed that while 39.8 per cent of the population could speak Irish, there was a decrease of 13,017 when compared to 2011.

Although Galway was the county with the highest percentage of Irish speakers (49 per cent), it was still down 2 per cent from 2011.

Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, said it’s important to work with the university and be able to draw on their Irish language expertise for this project.

“City Council is particularly pleased to be able to draw on the Irish language expertise available to us locally in the University,” said Mr McGrath.

He also pointed out that the “Galway City Council has made a strong commitment in recent years to the development of Galway as a bilingual city.”

The seven-year plan will be officially launched this autumn and the research is being conducted on behalf of Galway City Council and Gaillimh le Gaeilge.

The online survey can be accessed here and it will be available until 12 April.

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