"Anna Ní Ghallchóir, Director of the Languages Centre in NUI Maynooth has been appointed as Chairperson of the board along with ten other members today.
Four boards members representing County Councils in Gaeltacht areas have also been selected including Cathal Seoighe (Meath County Council); Ian Mac Aindriú (Mayo County Council); Seámus Chosaí Mac Gearailt (Kerry County Council) agus Seosamh Ó Laoi ( Galway County Council). The representative for the Donegal region has yet to be announced following a dispute locally.
Other members will include Seán Ó Cuireán, Manager of Donegal Volunteer Centre ; Dairíona Nic an Iomaire, Headmistress of a Gaelscoil in Galway city; Eunan Mac Cuinneagáin, a regional manager from Donegal; Fiachra Ó Céilleachair from the Rinn Gaeltacht; Mícheál Ó Scanaill, a businessman from the Muskerry Gaeltacht in Cork and Pádraig Ó hAinifín, a businessman from Dingle, Co. Kerry."
New Board for Údarás na Gaeltachta- Gaelport
Bord nua Údarás na Gaeltachta fógartha- Gaelport
It should be a good board. The argument was voiced in the Irish language media that small Gaeltacht communities in Cork, Mayo, Meath and Waterford would not have representatives from their communites on their board but clearly now there will be. This is, in my view, another good Irish language initiative. But for the Irish language and the country the Official Languages Act review to be announced soon is more important. Acht na Gaeltachta (2012) may be important for those of us who speak Irish and love the language but it is should be the second most and not foremost important State development this year. Maybe for people living in the Gaeltacht and those who love the Irish language the 2012 Act may be more important or rather has the potential of being but I want to see the Irish language grow internationally (legislatively in Ireland and the E.U) and not just in the Gaeltacht. The Gaeltacht will not survive unless the Official Languages Act 2003 is improved this year or early next year despite having a good board.