Language Body

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 Ulstèr-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 Ulstèr-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 Ulstèr-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.

Foras na Gaeilge

Functions/Objectives

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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.
Mr Pól Ó Gallchóir is Chairperson of Foras na Gaeilge and there are 15 other members on the Board.  Seán Ó Coinn is the Chief Executive.

Foras Na Gaeilge

The Ulster-Scots Agency

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".

The Agency has established its main office in Belfast and has a subsidiary office in Donegal. The Agency currently employs ten 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 undertakes the development of strategies for linguistic and educational programs and research.

Mr Keith Gamble is the Chairperson of the Ulster Scots Agency and there are seven other members on the Board. Mr Ian Crozier is the Chief Executive.
You can view the Language Body Sector Joint Communiques in the Publications section.

The Exchange of Notes between the British and Irish Governments on 19 November 2002 (Cmnd 5708), provides for decisions and actions relating to the Implementation Bodies and Tourism Ireland Limited or their respective functions to be taken by the two Governments. The following decisions have been taken under The Exchange of Notes.

The Ulster-Scots Agency

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