24/06/2022

O'Dowd Affirms Commitment To Continued Roll-Out Of Irish Language

Infrastructure Minister John O'Dowd has affirmed his commitment to the continued roll-out of Irish language on public transport in west Belfast and to the development of a bilingual road traffic sign pilot scheme.

The Minister's comments follow a meeting with representatives from Forbairt Feirste to discuss Irish language in the Gaeltacht Quarter.

Minister O'Dowd said: "I was pleased to meet with Forbairt Feirste to discuss my Department's commitment to the Irish language and to review the progress that has been made in recent years to roll-out bilingual signage on public transport in west Belfast.
News Image
"My Department and Translink worked closely with Forbairt Feirste to implement this important work which was welcomed by the local community. I am keen for more to be done, and Translink is now giving consideration to how bilingual audio can be introduced on the west Belfast Glider service route.

"There have also been requests for bilingual road traffic signage in the west of the city, and I was pleased to hear that my officials have been working to quantify the costs for a proposed pilot for the provision of bilingual traffic signs in the Gaeltacht Quarter. I have asked for this project to progress to the next stage which will involve the detailed design of the signs."

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

05 August 2022
Belfast Distillery Company To Invest £22.3m In Belfast
Ministers have welcomed an investment of £22.3 million from Belfast Distillery Company at Crumlin Road Gaol. The investment includes plans to regenerate the A Wing of the Crumlin Road Gaol into the J&J McConnell's Distillery and world-class visitor experience, and to create 49 new jobs.
07 March 2022
New Strategy's For Irish And Ulster-Scots Languages
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced the publication of the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Panels for an Irish Language Strategy and an Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage & Culture Strategy.
29 July 2021
East Belfast Irish Language Nursery School To Relocate
An Irish language nursery school in East Belfast has said that it will be relocating to a new site after "an ongoing social media campaign of hate". Naíscoil na Seolta had be hosted at Braniel Nursery and Primary School.
11 August 2017
UUP Leader Meets With Irish Language Group
Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann has called on Sinn Fein to stop using the Irish Language Act as a "red line" in restoring the NI Executive. Mr Swann made the statement after he met with representatives from the Irish language sector at Stormont on Thursday, 10 August.
17 January 2014
No Cross-Community Support For Irish Language - Dodds
Diane Dodds has said the Northern Ireland Executive is meeting its legal requirements regarding promotion of the Irish language, and that there is no cross community support for an Irish Language Act.