Language Development Forum

Following a decision by the North South Ministerial Council on 10 July 2013, a new era in the development of the Irish language was commenced with the announcement by Foras na Gaeilge on 17 January 2014, of the six Lead Organisations that would take responsibility for six major areas of work. The decision was the result of a process which began in 2008 to coordinate and reorganise the work of 19 Irish language organisations being funded by Foras na Gaeilge on an annual basis to support the development of Irish throughout Ireland.

The Language Development Forum is representative of local language interest groups funded by Foras na Gaeilge at community level and is an integral part of the partnership approach, the formal structure between the Lead Organisations and Foras na Gaeilge.

The objective of the Language Development Forum is to get the views and advice of Foras na Gaeilge grantees, i.e. the language community, on the development of Irish in the general areas under the responsibility of the six Lead Organisations, and on the Lead Organisations’ plans. This advice is taken into account in the development of the lead organisations’ plans. The Language Development Forum achieves this objective in the following ways:

  1. Carrying out analysis of the Lead Organisations’ plans in each general area.
  2. Discussion, within the Language Development Forum, of the Lead Organisations’ plans.
  3. Advising on the Lead Organisations’ plans by providing reports from the Forum Chairperson to the Partnership Forum.

The Chairperson of the Language Development Forum is also a member of the Partnership Forum.

Members of the Language Development Forum

  1. Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh (Chairperson)
  2. Muiris Ó Fiannachta
  3. Domhnall Ó Loingsigh
  4. Bríde de Róiste
  5. Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin
  6. Risteard Mac Gabhann
  7. Niamh Ní Chonchubhair
  8. Emer O’ Hagan
  9. Tomaí Ó Conghaile
  10. Sara Ní Chuireáin
  11. Ógie Ó Céilleachair
  12. Séamus Mac Dháibhéid
  13. Joe Ó Dochartaigh
  14. Darach Ó Scolaí
  15. Mícheál Ó Dómhnaill
  16. Dr Deirdre Nic Mhathúna
  17. Noel Ó Gallchóir
  18. Caitlín Uí Chochláin
  19. Malachy O’Neill