IRISH language courses will not be run in the Gaeltacht this summer as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced.
The decision came following consultation with health authorities and was taken in the interests of protecting public health, with regard to the emergency measures being taken due to the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement released by the Department, said the acknowledge that this “unusual, uncertain and challenging” time and the “decision is a major blow to Gaeltacht areas” and the thousands of students who attend Gaeltacht courses over the summer.
The Department spokesperson said, “The health of our communities is the priority, however, and everybody has a role to play in the efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.”
The Department has also confirmed that Gaeltacht households will not now be required to submit new engnineers certificates this year under the terms of Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge – as had previously been requested – and that the Department will be in contact with the households in question at a later date in relation to this.