Rialtas na hÉireann & Foras na Gaeilge | Government of Ireland

Name of organisation

Rialtas na hÉireann & Foras na Gaeilge | Government of Ireland



Type of Organisation

Full Member. Governmental institution

Short note on organisation background


The mission statement of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is to promote and support the sustainable and inclusive development of communities, both urban and rural, including Gaeltacht and island communities, thereby fostering better regional balance and alleviating disadvantage, and to advance the use of the Irish language. The Department was established in June 2002, with some 240 staff in 6 locations, mainly in Dublin and Na Forbacha, Co Galway. The Department has specific responsibility for a range of functions including community development programmes, local development, revitalising areas by planning, investment and development, volunteering and rural development initiatives.

The Government of Ireland shares full membership status within the Network with Foras na Gaeilge.


Foras na Gaeilge, the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland, was founded on the second day of December 1999. In the Good Friday Agreement, it was stated that a North/South Implementation body be set up to promote both the Irish language and the Ulster Scots language. Under the auspices of this body, Foras na Gaeilge carries out all the designated responsibilities regarding the Irish language. This entails facilitating and encouraging the speaking and writing of Irish in the public and private arena in the Republic of Ireland, and in Northern Ireland where there is appropriate demand, in the context of part three of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

The staff of Bord na Gaeilge, An Gúm (Publishers), and An Coiste Téarmaíochta (Terminology Committee) and their activities have all been transferred to the new body.

Foras na Gaeilge has a role in advising administrations, North and South, as well as public bodies and other groups in the private and voluntary sectors in all matters relating to the Irish language. They will also be undertaking supportive projects and grant-aiding bodies and groups throughout the island of Ireland.


Michéal Ó Conaire, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Government of Ireland.

Telephone: +353 01 631 3800

Seán Ó Coinn, CEO, Foras na Gaeilge.

E-mail: eolas@forasnagaeilge.ie

Telephone: +353 01 639 8400


Government of Ireland: Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 (Ireland)

Foras Na Gaeilge: 7 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Ireland)

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