The Government has announced details of a 20-year strategy aimed at the development of a bilingual society where people will use both Irish and English.

The plan is based on 13 objectives which include full implementation of the Official Languages Act, the provision of services to parents who want to raise their children through Irish, and continuous development of Irish language broadcast services.

Speaking at the launch of the plan, the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, said he hoped the plan would be seen as a foundation for a new policy on which practical action with regard to the Irish language will be established.

€300,000 has been set aside to cover costs relating to the preparation of the strategy over the next two years.