At a meeting of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta in An Rinn in the Waterford Gaeltacht today (31 May), Board members met with members of the local and national organising committee of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta. The Board praised the work carried out by the local committee in preparation for the Comórtas Peile which is being held in Na Déise this weekend.
At the meeting, the Údarás Board presented the recognition award Lóchrann to the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta National Committee. The Lóchrann award will be presented annually to individuals in special recognition of their achievements with regard to the promotion of sport in the Gaeltacht. The award, which is sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta, was granted to the Comórtas Peile National Committee for annual presentation.
At the Board meeting, members were informed that the first meeting of the Language Planning Committee was held the previous day. The Language Planning Committee was formed to discuss and make recommendations regarding language planning activities in the Gaeltacht. It was conveyed that the Language Planning Committee welcomed the decision of the Department of Education and Skills to review the provision of education through Irish in Gaeltacht schools. This review plans to identify the various options regarding the provision of education through Irish to meet the requirements of the Gaeltacht communities and language planning requirements of the Gaeltacht areas in accordance with the Gaeltacht Act 2012. In view of this announcement, it was agreed that An tÚdarás would forward a submission to the Department of Education and Skills regarding the terms of reference of the review.
During the meeting, the Údarás Board approved funding to Waterford IT and Nemeton Teo for the provision of a Higher Diploma course in Television Production in An Rinn during the 2013/14 academic year. This course has been running since 2006 and almost half of graduates are employed in the audio visual sector throughout the Gaeltacht.