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Seoladh Dara Scéim Teanga ITBÁC / DIT Second Language Scheme Launch

Posted: 26 April, 2018

Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh, TD, officially launched the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) Second Irish Language Scheme, 2018-2021, in accordance with the Official Languages Act (2003) on Wednesday, 25th April, in DIT Grangegorman.

Pictured {L-R} at the launch of the Dublin Institute of Technology Second Language Scheme, 2018-2021 on Wednesday in Grangegorman were Oifigeach Gaeilge DIT Siobhán Nic Gaoithín, the Chair of the DIT Official Languages Act Committee, Mary Fleet, Oifigeach Gaeilge DIT Gráinne Ní Bhreithiún, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh, TD and DIT President Brian Norton.

Speaking at the launch of the Scheme, Minister of State Joe McHugh commended the work underway to date in DIT to promote the Irish language. DIT has a unique opportunity now as the new DIT campus in Grangegorman is being developed to build on this work and “People talk about 'Athbheochan', the Irish language revival, that it's coming. But it's here, it’s alive and around us”.

President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton welcomed Minister McHugh to Grangegorman and gave an overview of the development taking place on campus where over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff will be located within 2 years. “This presents a great opportunity to integrate the Irish language into the campus development, as outlined in DIT’s Second Language Scheme where the visibility, vitality and use of the language will be encouraged and supported” said President Norton.

Mary Fleet, Chair of the DIT Official Languages Act Committee sincerely thanked all the departments who contributed and committed to enhancing and developing Irish language service provision across DIT over the next 3 years. “We look forward to supporting staff, students and departments in implementing our new Scheme and in encouraging and developing the use of Irish across DIT and especially in the new Grangegorman campus” she said.

As a public body, the DIT Second 3 Year Language Scheme will continue to develop the range and standard of services available in Irish to the public. The DIT Second Language Scheme, 2018 - 2021, builds on the significant progress made in the First Language Scheme as well as implementing new commitments over the next 3 years, which include:

  1. Prioritizing the development of Irish language service provision in 3 key public service departments, namely, DIT Library Services, DIT Student Services and DIT Estates Office.
  2. Ensuring ‘Competency in the Irish language’ as a ‘Desirable Criterion’ for vacancies occurring in DIT Library Services, DIT Student Services and DIT Estates Office.
  3. Improving the Irish language competency levels of staff by providing classes, scholarships to the Gaeltacht, targeted training and activities during and out of work hours in order to raise awareness and develop bilingual service provision over time in DIT.
  4. Increasing the visibility of the Irish language in DIT by increasing Irish language content in DIT publications, promotional material, application forms, information leaflets, website, media platforms as well as in DIT branding.
  5. Promoting and supporting the use and learning of Irish amongst DIT students by providing classes, various scholarship schemes, activities, events and increased online media activity to raise awareness of Irish language and bilingual service provision in DIT.
  6. Supporting the development of the Irish language in the services and activities on the new DIT campus in Grangegorman, Dublin 7, which will eventually bring together all DIT activities that are currently on different campuses in the city.

Oifig na Gaeilge, the Irish Language Office in DIT, has overseen the preparation of the 3 year Statutory Programme under the guidance of the DIT Official Languages Act Committee.  

The DIT Second Irish Language Scheme, 2018-2021 is available to view and download here

FURTHER INFORMATION / TUILLEADH EOLAIS: Siobhán / Gráinne in Oifig na Gaeilge, DIT, Rathdown House, Grangegorman, Dublin 7 / 01 4027043 / gaeilge@dit.ie / www.dit.ie/gaeilge

 ‌Pictured {L-R} at the launch of the Dublin Institute of Technology Second Language Scheme, 2018-2021 on Wednesday in Grangegorman were DIT BÚA students Eibhlin O Riordan, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh, TD, Emma Rogers, DIT President Brian Norton, Aoife Nic Artain

Pictured {L-R} at the launch of the Dublin Institute of Technology Second Language Scheme, 2018-2021 on Wednesday in Grangegorman were DIT BÚA students Eibhlin O Riordan, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh, TD, Emma Rogers, DIT President Brian Norton, Aoife Nic Artain