Monday, 3 June 2013
The Ulster-Scots Agency is developing proposals for the equivalent of Gaeltachtaí in rural areas. The information came as part of a written answer supplied by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín. The Minister confirmed that the newly recognised districts would be known as "hairtlan areas" and that "the aim is to preserve, protect and promote Ulster-Scots heritage through geographical designations".
In a further twist, Ms Ní Chuilín also hinted that the Ulster-Scots Academy model might be emulated for Irish: "Through the Academy approach, we will aim to make both the Irish Language and Ulster-Scots more accessible to all communities in the north, including in rural areas."
Does this mean that the Minister intends to standardise Ulster Irish separately from Irish in the rest of Ireland?
The answer is most likely a resounding "No". After all, she could hardly be that stupid.