£40,000 bill for Council’s Irish welcome signs.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

£40,000 bill for Council’s Irish welcome signs. thumbnail The new planned welcome sign to Dungannon Leisure Centre.

MID-ULSTER Council is to spend £40,000 on new Irish language signs throughout the district.

Signs at 24 entry points to the Council district are to be erected, at a cost of around £1,000 each, while a further £16,000 is to be spent erecting signs at five leisure facilities throughout the Council area.

Half of the 24 boundary signage points to the area will be erected on Class A road locations, with the other 12 on Class B entry roads.

The signs will bear both Irish and English, with Irish coming ahead of the English.

Terms such as opening hours, the name of the Leisure Centre and each day of the week will be translated into Irish on the signs.

It means residents of Mid-Ulster will be able to visit, among others, Ionad Fóillíochta Dhún Geanainn (Dungannon Leisure Centre) and Ionad Spóirt Lár Uladh (Mid-Ulster Sports Arena).

The present signs are to be installed by the end of the year.

And the Council has stated more such signs are to come at various other buildings throughout Mid-Ulster.

In a report to the Council's Policy & Resources Committee, it is stated that "draft designs for other key facility signage and waste facilities will follow".

The signs are subject to a formal site survey at each location and it likely the signage will require planning permission.


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