Minister Humphreys has confirmed the name of her new department as Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, following the formal announcement on the 16 June 2017 by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of his new cabinet.
The reconfiguration will see a newly reformed Department of Community and Rural Affairs assigned to Michael Ring TD.
In presenting his nominations on Members of the Government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said:
"I am appointing Michael Ring to head up a newly reformed Department of Community and Rural Affairs. His role will be to support local communities in all parts of Ireland and also to ensure that rural areas, market towns and villages that have not experienced economic recovery do so.
I have been enormously impressed with the Decade of Commemorations so far, and Creative Ireland, and I want Minister Heather Humphreys to continue her excellent work in this area. I want there to be a new emphasis and new importance attached to the promotion of the arts, culture and heritage in Ireland with the budget to match. It's our creativity that makes Irishmen and Irishwomen different and we need to foster it.
I am assigning responsibility for An Ghaelige, An Gaeltacht and the Islands to the Chief Whip as Minister of State at this Department in addition to his duties as Whip. I say ‘An Ghaelige' rather than ‘An Gaeltacht' as I am tasking him with the role of promoting the learning and use of the Irish language in all parts of Ireland and to be a voice at the cabinet table for our first national language."
Confirming the title of her Department, Minister Humphreys said
“Culture is a broad and inclusive term which is most commonly used in Government Departments across the rest of Europe. It encompasses the entirety of the arts, cultural and creative sectors. The use of the word ‘Culture’ in the Department’s title is also in keeping with the ethos and aims of the Creative Ireland programme, which aims to put culture and creativity at the heart of Government policy.
“Including ‘Heritage’ in the title reflects the Department’s responsibility for our natural and built heritage, as well as architectural policy. The inclusion of the word Gaeltacht in the title is important as it encompasses responsibility for the Gaeltacht regions, the Irish language generally and much of the responsibility for our offshore islands.”
The Department will now prepare an order to change the name of the Department and the Minister’s title, under the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1939. Arrangements to update the Department’s website and associated materials will also be made in the coming weeks.
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