NORTHERN Ireland’s Culture Minister has spoken of her “personal goal” to get thousands of people speaking the Irish language.
Minister Carál Ní Chuilín visited in Strabane on Monday to officially rubber-stamp the town’s new Gaelphobal Centre and to launch the Líofa 2015 project.
During her day-long visit, Ms Ní Chuilín also travelled to a number of local attractions, including the Alley Theatre, the newly opened canal site and Moorlough.
Speaking at the Gaelphobal Centre, the Minister spoke of her drive to get 5,000 people from all walks of life across the North speaking fluent Irish before 2015.
“In May and June last year we decided on a strategy that would support the Irish language. To me it was a personal goal because I am the only one in my whole family who doesn’t speak Irish fluently.”