The Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (Irish: An Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta) was a department of the Government of Ireland from 1956 to 2011. The head of the department was a Minister of the Government.
Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Wikipedia
In 2011, the department had specific responsibility for a range of functions including:Community Development Programmes
the RAPID programmes
Coordination of the National Drugs Strategy
Rural Development initiatives
progress towards the elimination of discrimination; the promotion of equal opportunities and the accommodation of diversity
the Irish language
the development of Ireland's inhabited off-shore islands.
Implementation of policy in relation to equal treatment, anti-racism, disability equality and human rights
The department was created in 1956 as the Department of the Gaeltacht.
Its name changed several times, with some changes in its role. The department was known as the following:Department of the Gaeltacht (1956–1993)
Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (1993–1997)
Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (1997–2002)
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2002–2010)
Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (2010–2011)
In 2011, it was abolished with its sections being transferred to other government departments as below: