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Language Body Joint Communiqué 5 December 2000

North/South Bodies

Language Sector

The North/South Language Body/An Foras Teanga/North/South Boord o Leid

Foras Na Gaeilge & Tha Boord O Ulstèr-Scotch

Introduction

The Council meets in the Language Sector in order to take decisions on policies and action to be implemented by the North/South Language Body with its two agencies - Foras na Gaeilge and Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch.
The Language Body is a single Body reporting to the NSMC, but composed of two separate and largely autonomous agencies: the Irish Language Agency, Foras na Gaeilge, and the Ulster-Scots Agency, Tha Boord O Ulster-Scotch.
Foras na Gaeilge, which took over the functions of Bord na Gaeilge, has responsibility for the promotion of the Irish language on an all-island basis. Tha Boord O Ulster-Scotch has responsibility for the promotion of greater awareness in the use of Ullans and of Ulster-Scots cultural issues, both within Northern Ireland and throughout the island.
When fully operational it is proposed that the Body will have a projected staff of 77, of which 65 will work with Foras na Gaeilge and 12 will work with Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch.

Foras Na Gaeilge
Feidhmeanna/Cuspóiri

Is í an cuspóir atá ag Foras na Gaeilge, an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn fud fad oileán na hÉireann. Chomh maith le cúraimí Bhord na Gaeilge, tugadh réimse leathan feidhmeanna don Fhoras chun chur lena éifeacht i gcur chun cinn na Gaeilge, mar shampla i gcúrsaí oideachais, foclóireachta agus téarmaíochta. Na feidhmeanna a bhí ag an nGúm maidir le foilsitheoreacht, tugadh don Fhoras iad fosta.
Sí Maighréad Uí Mháirtín, Cathaoirleach Fhoras na Gaeilge agus tá 15 baill eile ar Bhord Stiúrtha an Fhorais. Tá liosta na mball in Aguisín 6. Is é Seosamh MacDonncha Príomhfheidmeannach an Fhorais. Feidhmíonn Foras na Gaeilge mar chomhpháirtí leis Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch i gcomhdhéanamh an Fhoras Teanga.

Foras Na Gaeilge
Functions/Objectives

Foras na Gaeilge has the objective of promoting the Irish language on an all-island basis. As well as taking over the functions of Bord na Gaeilge, a wide range of functions were given to the Agency to add to its effectiveness in the promotion of Irish, for example, in the area of education, dictionaries and terminology. It also took over the functions of An Gúm in relation to publications.
Maighréad Uí Mháirtín is Chair of Foras na Gaeilge and there are 15 other members on the Board. The Agency's Chief Executive is Seosamh MacDonncha. Major reconstruction work was undertaken at the Agency's headquarters at 7 Merrion Square, Dublin and, with the assistance of the Department of Arts, Culture and Leisure, it is hoped to take possession of suitable temporary premises in Belfast.

Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch
Wark/Ettles

Tha gien ettle at faa's in laa tae Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch bes 'tha forderin o mair forstannin an uise o tha Ulstèr-Scotch leid an o Ulstèr-Scotch fowkgate daeins baith ben Norlin Airlann an athort tha islann'.
Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch haes tha Laird Laird o Artygarvan fur Preses and it haes 7 ither memmers forbye.
Tha Boord haes its Heich Offis sat up in Bilfawst an is fur settin up an unnèr offis in Dinnygal. Tha Boord haes taen on fower agentrie warkers. Hooaniver, tha Boord is ettlin on takin mair warkers on fur tae be fit dae aa at's pit oot in tha Boord's Heich Ploy. Tha Boord brocht on its Heich Sel-Picturin thayeir anaa.
Tha Boord, alang wi tha Universitie o Ulstèr , haes a Schuil o Ulstèr-Scotch sut up ben tha steid o Magee College. Tha Boord, forbye, is ettlin at biggin plays o darg an skeelin fur leid an lear.

Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch
Functions/Objectives

The legislative remit of the Ulster-Scots Agency is "the promotion of greater awareness and the use of Ullans and of Ulster-Scots cultural issues, both within Northern Ireland and throughout the island".
Lord Laird of Artigarvan is the Chair of the Ulster-Scots Agency and there are 7 other members on the Board.
The Agency has established its main office in Belfast and will have a subsidiary office in Donegal. The Agency currently employs four members of staff and it is planned to recruit further members of staff in order to deliver the programme of work which is set out in the Agency's Corporate Plan. The Agency also developed its corporate identity during the past year.
The Agency, in partnership with the University of Ulster, has established the Institute of Ulster-Scots studies at the Magee Campus. The Agency is also undertaking the development of strategies for linguistic and educational programs and research.
Contact Details
Foras Na Gaeilge

Foras na Gaeilge
7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean
Baile Átha Cliath 2
Tel: (01) 639 8400
Fax: (01) 639 8401
Email: eolas@forasnagaeilge.ie
Website: www.forasnagaeilge.ie
Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch

Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch
Franklin House
10-12 Brunswick Street
Belfast
BT2 7GE
Tel: (028) 9023 1113
Fax: (028) 9023 1898
Email: info@ulsterscotsagency.org.uk
Website: www.ulsterscotsagency.com
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