Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (3004)

Dara Calleary

Question:

3004. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the grant supports available for authors who wish to publish local publications as Gaeilge; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31541/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

Under my Department's Clár Tacaíochtaí Pobail agus Teanga (Community and Language Supports Programme), community-based committees and organisations operating through Irish in the Gaeltacht are eligible to apply for funding to assist with the cost of producing local Irish language publications such as annual community magazines. The funding sanctioned towards this sector in 2018 was less than €5,000 in total.

I should add that my Department provides significant funding to Foras na Gaeilge in order to fulfil its statutory mandate to promote the Irish language on an all-island basis. In that context, Foras na Gaeilge provides ongoing support for publishing and literature through An Gúm, Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge, Áis and other initiatives. An Gúm produces publications to support the language in the education system and Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge supports publishing in Irish through various funding schemes, while ÁIS distributes Irish language books throughout the country and further afield.

Other Foras na Gaeilge initiatives in this sector include support for online publications (the newspaper Tuairisc.ie, the lifestyle magazine NÓS.ie and the current affairs magazine Comhar.ie) and literary festivals such as Listowel Writers Week and IMRAM. Further information is available at the following link https://www.forasnagaeilge.ie/.