Irish Language Strategy and Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy

Work is underway to commence with the Expert Advisory Panels in developing an Irish Language Strategy and an Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy.

The strategies

The Irish Language Strategy and the Strategy for Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture will bring focus to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language and enhancing and developing the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture.

The Minister has announced the establishment of Expert Advisory Panels that will bring together a wide range of academic and community experience in shaping the strategies. Two further groups will support, advise and work alongside the Department in developing and producing each of the strategies, and wider consultation will also take place towards ensuring that the strategies meet community need.

Expert Advisory Panels each made up of representatives across academia and the Irish Language and Ulster-Scots Language Heritage and Culture sectors. The panels will set the direction for each strategy by making effective recommendations and key actions the strategies should seek to address.

Co-Design Groups each made up of stakeholder groups across the Irish Language and Ulster-Scots Language Heritage and Culture sectors. The Co-Design Groups will take the recommendations provided by the Expert Panels and engage further for the purposes of advising on the development and content of the draft strategies and the supporting action plans.

Cross-Departmental Working Groups each made up of senior departmental officials. This group will discuss and agree the content of the action plans associated with each of the strategies. Their key role will be to work across their department to develop meaningful, robust and measurable actions supported by sufficient resourcing. 

Languages Strategies Expert Advisory Panel membership

Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy

  • Mr Ian Crozier
  • Dr Frank Ferguson
  • Dr David Hume
  • Ms Helen Mark
  • Mr Lee Reynolds

Irish Language Strategy

  • Mr Julian de Spáinn
  • Mr Jake Mac Siacais
  • Dr Janet Muller
  • Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir
  • Prof Malachy Ó Néill
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