LYIT launches its second Irish language Scheme

Letterkenny IT continues its commitment to the Irish Language

Launch of Irish Language Scheme 2012_1A new scheme has been launched by the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) which aims to encourage the use of Irish on campus.  The scheme, which was recently approved by the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, TD, was prepared under Section 15 of The Official Languages Act, 2003.

A thorough process of consultation and collaboration was conducted which resulted in proposals to enhance Irish language service provision on campus over the next three years in accordance with Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003.  The provisions outlined in the new scheme will have a significant impact on the Institute’s dealings with its internal and external customers.

Launch of Irish Language Scheme 2012_2Ms Rachel Akkoç, co-ordinator of the scheme at LYIT, commenting on the proposals said, “I’m confident that the Institute will fulfil its objectives under this second scheme.  LYIT recognises the importance of catering to the Irish speaking community and aims to ensure that those wishing to conduct their Institute business through Irish will be facilitated.”

The President of the Institute, Mr Paul Hannigan congratulated Rachel on completion of the new scheme saying, “Donegal has one of the largest Gaeltachts in Ireland.  LYIT has a role to play in the cultural contribution to the area and this new scheme is part of that.  It’s very important that the Institute promotes the use of Irish on campus and encourages staff/students who wish to speak Irish as their first language.  This commitment is enshrined in the Institute’s Strategic Plan.”

A copy of the Institute’s new scheme may be viewed at www.lyit.ie and is available also in hard copy format upon request (gaeilge@lyit.ie).

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:16:00 GMT


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