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The Placenames Committee

The term of office of the Placenames Commission came to an end on the 11 October 2012. As part of the Public Service Reform Plan, the Government decided that the Commission would be replaced by an expert committee, operating pro bono, whose work would be conducted primarily online. On the 19th September 2013, the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announced the nomination of a Placenames Committee.

A new Placenames Committee was appointed on the 13th September 2016. The primary responsibility of the Placenames Committee is to advise the Minister for the Gaeltacht in relation to the Placenames of Ireland as defined in section 31 of the Official Languages Act, 2003.

List of legal instruments that implement the Official Languages Act 2003.

Members of the Placenames Committee

  • Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Chairperson), Senior Lecturer in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Professor Micheál Ó Mainnín, Director, Northern Ireland Placenames Project, Professor of Irish and Celtic Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Dr Siobhán Ní Laoire, Lecturer in Irish and Irish Studies, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
  • Dr Éamonn Ó hÓgáin, Former Editor and Manager, Foclóir Stairiúil na Nua-Ghaeilge, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.
  • Professor Liam Mac Mathúna, Former School Head, Irish Language, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics School, University College Dublin (UCD).
  • Donncha Ó Baoill, Language and Culture Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Na Doirí Beaga, Co. Donegal.
  • Dr Úna Bhreathnach, Research Project Editorial Manager, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University (DCU).
  • Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig, M.A, Former Chief Placenames Officer, The Placenames Branch.
  • Máire Feiritéar, Conamara, guest speaker about Irish and placenames on Raidió na Gaeltachta programmes.
  • Seosamh Ó Braonáin, Former Chairperson of the Placenames Commission.