Maynooth University report on Gaeltacht areas launched at Oireachtas Na Samhna Festival in Killarney

Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh launches report by Maynooth University’s All-Island Research
Observatory (AIRO), which aims to inform planning in the seven Gaeltacht areas


A new report by the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) at Maynooth University launched today by Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh aims to support the development of Gaeltacht regions and enhance the lives of people living in these communities.

Speaking at the launch at the Oireachtas Na Samhna Festival in Killarney, Senator Ó Céidigh said the report provided a very detailed socio-economic profile of the seven Gaeltacht areas in Ireland and of the associated Limistéar Pleanála Teanga (LPTs), or Language Planning Areas.

“The level of detail within the report will enable community groups, researchers, planners and policy makers to firmly place robust, accurate and authoritative data at the foundation of all future decision making and funding applications,” Senator Ó Céidigh said.

“The report will be of great use to those tasked with developing and implementing Language Planning Area Plans and will also act as an incredible resource on the status of Gaeltacht Areas within the Local Economic and Community Plans for the counties of Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath.”

The report ‘Socio-Economic Profile of the Seven Gaeltacht Areas in Ireland’ was co-funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and Senator Ó Céidigh’s office.

 The Director of the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) at Maynooth University, Justin Gleeson, described the report as “an extremely rewarding piece of work for all of the AIRO team”.

 “For the last number of years we have been developing evidence baseline projects to support key national and regional policies such as the National Planning Framework and the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies.

 “Working with Senator Ó Céidigh, we have brought all of our expertise and knowledge to the development of this report. I hope that it will be of great use in supporting future planning and policy work for the Gaeltacht areas in Ireland,” he said.

Also speaking at the launch, the Director of the Irish Research Council, Peter Brown said: “The Irish Research Council is delighted to have co-funded this research with Senator Ó Céidigh’s office.  The core of the Council’s work is enabling a wide range of stakeholders in society to benefit from the work of Ireland’s research community. The expertise of the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) in Maynooth University, applied to the rich data sets on Gaeltacht communities that is now available, has produced new understandings and insights that the Council hopes will be harnessed to the full by all interested parties.”

Senator Ó Céidigh thanked the Irish Research Council for co-funding the report and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for the publication of an incredible array of Census 2016 statistics.

“I would also like to acknowledge AIRO, the All-Island Research Observatory at Maynooth University, for their expertise and professionalism,” he said.

“Building on from this report the intention is to invite public submissions and activate further qualitative research in relation to those regions. This report will no doubt assist in the development of new initiatives that strengthen the multifaceted resource that are Ireland’s Gaeltacht communities.”

He added that the report’s launch “could not happen without the support of An tOireachtas and I very much appreciate their continued support”.

English report (hyperlink)

Tuarascáil as Gaeilge (hyperlink)


For further information contact:

Cáit Nic Amhlaoibh, Office of Senator Ó Céidigh, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

T: 01 618365
Email: Padraig.oceidigh@oir.ie
Twitter: @padraigoceidigh

Notes to Editor:

About the Irish Research Council: 

The Irish Research Council was formed in 2012 and operates under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority.  The core function of the Council is to support excellent research across all disciplines and all career stages.  The Council promotes diverse career opportunities for researchers by partnering with enterprise and employers.  The Council also has a particular role in supporting research with a societal focus, and has established partnerships across government and civic society.  

Further information: www.research.ie , @IrishResearch, #LoveIrishResearch.

About AIRO:
The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) undertakes academic and applied mapping research and produces spatial datasets and specialist tools to aid in their analysis. Based at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, AIRO is the leading spatial analysis and planning unit within the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA).

AIRO provides a suite of free public mapping and data visualisation toolkits aimed at improving evidence informed planning and also undertakes contracted applied research and consultancy projects in the area of socio-demographic and economic analysis, spatial planning and environmental analysis. In recent years, AIRO has been engaged in projects such as the National Planning Framework (NPF), Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES) as well as numerous Local Economic and Community Plans (LECP) for local authorities across Ireland.    

AIRO also delivers a series of training and development workshops in the area of geographical information systems (GIS) and evidence informed planning.

Further information: http://airo.maynoothuniversity.ie/ @AIRO_MU

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