Sinn Féin MLA Rosie McCorley said the creation of an Irish language academy/acadamh in the North would be an exciting development for the language and could give it a major boost.
The Sinn Féin Irish language spokesperson was commenting after Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín revealed at a DCAL committee meeting today that her department will be carrying out a feasibility study into such an academy.
The West Belfast MLA said:
“This would be an exciting development for the Irish language and is an idea that has been mooted in language circles for a while now but with little progress to date.
“An Acadamh (Irish language academy) would complement the department’s Líofa initiative and certainly contribute to the growth and standard of Irish.
“Making the Irish language more accessible to all communities in the north and establishing a uniform spoken curriculum that provides consistency in content, teaching strategies, resources and assessment can only benefit the continued appeal and usage of Gaeilge.
“I look forward to seeing the results of the feasibility study and believe this could be another initiative by the minister that can have a long-lasting positive affect on the language.”