Irish language courses in higher education receive €1.6 million support

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Nine Irish language courses and institutes of higher education including NUI Galway have been approved €1.63 million in additional funding.

The funding was announced this week by Galway West TD and Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne under the Advanced Irish Language Initiative.

The funding supports a range of specialised third level Irish language courses in areas such as translation, interpretation and law which provide opportunities both in Ireland or at the EU level.

The institutes receiving support under this initiative are NUI Galway, UCD, DCU, and NUI Maynooth as well as the Kings Inn and the Irish based training organisation Gaelchultúr.

In total this initiative supports 12 courses, with a stated goal of helping to meet our commitments under the Official Languages Act and support the ongoing work to make Gaeilge a full working language of the European Union.

The funding will be delivered over the two coming academic years in payments totalling €811,953 and €817,539 respectively.

Minister Kyne said that this is about delivering “high quality and practical” third level education in Irish around the country.

“A range of courses including masters and higher diplomas in translation, in law and in interpretation will equip students with the skills necessary to take up employment opportunities here at home and in the EU,” Seán Kyne said.