Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Questions (335)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

335. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the estimated cost of extending the Gaeltacht school recognition schemes to preschools operating in the Gaeltacht. [24637/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 that I published last year contains actions relating to promoting Irish-medium provision in Gaeltacht early-years settings. The responsibility for those actions lies primarily with my colleague, Minister Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, within her remit in funding and regulating the early years sector and with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. I understand that DCYA and DCHG in consultation with my officials in DES are in the process of finalising proposals to implement relevant aspects of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education as well as other actions to support all naonraí and put in place a five-year implementation plan under the 20 year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. All actions will be costed as part of decisions around implementation.