The Irish language is a very important part of the country’s identity and its place in Ireland is secure, the Irish government said in a statement.
The Amish faith, a strict sect of European descent, is a small but influential minority within the country.
The government said it was “encouraged by recent public statements by the Irish Prime Minister and others” in which he called on the Amish to be more visible.
Mr Kenny has spoken of the need to show respect for the Amishes beliefs, and has made efforts to increase their visibility.
The Irish government’s statement said the Amis have been an important part in the community for more than a thousand years.
“The Amish are a religion that has been around for a long time, they have always been a part of our lives, we can see the influence that they have had on people,” Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said.
“They have always had their own traditions, and they have a strong and deep religious heritage.”
Minister for Arts and Heritage Frances Fitzgerald said she welcomed the announcement that the Amises had been given “more of a voice”.
“It is important that we not only recognise that they are the community of Ireland, but also that they represent the diversity of the Irish people,” she said.
The statement said Irish language schools were the “right place for Amish learners to learn Irish”.
It said they had a “long history” and the “unique opportunity” to “provide the Amishers with a better opportunity to learn the language”.
“Amish language schools have always taught Amish students to read and write and they are also the right place for the Irish language to be taught,” the statement said.
Irish students at Amish language school in Ballymun in Cork.
Source: Niall Carson/RollingNews.ieThe Amishes religion is “a unique faith and culture that has existed in the Ami community for centuries”, it added.
The ministry said the inclusion of the Amisch religion in the language bill, as well as the proposed change to the curriculum, would be a “powerful step forward”.
The Amis are a highly-religious group of about 1.5 million people, who live in northern Ireland and southern England.
They are a small, well-off minority of 1.2 million people who mostly live in the south of the county, in the countryside.
The language they speak has its roots in the Germanic tribes, which arrived around 500 years ago and became dominant over the rest of Europe.
The Irish language was first recognised in 1698 by the Treaty of Breda, which gave the British Crown the right to dictate the pronunciation of Irish and the distribution of the language.
Around 2.5 per cent of the population of the UK are Amish, which is thought to be around 1.8 million people.
Mr Kelly said the government hoped the AmISH would continue to have a positive impact on the Irish economy.
Minister for Culture Martin Callinan said the bill was “designed to bring the Amichish language into the public domain”, and to “promote the Amishing culture and values in Irish”.
He said the move to include Amish in the legislation was “a welcome and significant step forward in Irish language and Amish-related legislation”.