Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún has co signed a letter to the President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell calling for more adequate facilities for interpretation from non official working languages during EU parliamentary sessions. The letter, initiated by Basque and Catalan MEPs and supported by Sinn Fein, comes after a decision that allows deputies to speak in 'non-official‚ working languages but will not provide interpretation nor will their contribution be part of the Minutes.
Speaking today Ms de Brun said:
"There was a proposal made to the European Parliament's Bureau, whereby MEPs wishing to speak in non official working languages, such as Irish, could submit their comments in written form in an official working language, to facilitate interpretation. Unfortunately this proposal has been rejected.
"Such a rejection goes against the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights that promotes respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. This decision is a denial of the linguistic rights of millions of people across the EU.
"Sinn Fein is calling on the Bureau to reconsiders its decision and to take a more positive attitude to issues of linguistic rights and cultural diversity.
"Ultimately, such issues can only be resolved when Irish is given full official working status, and Irish speakers treated as equals within the EU. I will continue to campaign until this end is achieved."ENDS
Following this weeks meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg, Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has called for 'meaningful human rights protection to inform any future EU policy on asylum and immigration'.
Speaking today Ms McDonald said:
'This week, Justice and Home Affairs Ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to discuss the future of asylum and immigration policy within the EU. The meeting includes discussions of proposals under the Hague Programme to develop a common European Asylum system before 2010.
'Sinn Féin has serious concerns with the tenor and direction of the discussions and their implications for the human rights and civil liberties of asylum seekers and immigrants.
'Sinn Féin has argued that any future common asylum and immigration policy must place human rights protection at its centre. Such an approach must see a harmonisation of best practice across the EU .
'We would favourably consider a common immigration and asylum policy that is fully human rights-compliant, consistent with international law, and based on best practice. Nothing less is acceptable. We oppose any attempts to use this policy to create a "lowest common denominator" with regard to immigration and asylum law and policy.
'In view of our national experience of the positive capacity and potential of immigrants to contribute to society, we oppose the evolution of fortress Europe-style common migration and asylum policies for adoption under the Tampere Agenda. Sinn Féin has campaigned against the creation of a fortress Europe, and will continue to do so.' ENDS
Speaking in advance of this Wednesday's vote on the incoming European Commission, Sinn Fein MEP Mary Lou McDonald has called on Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to seriously reflect on the make up of the Commission and its implications for the future policy direction of the European Union.
Ms McDonald said:
"Sinn Féin went to the Irish electorate in this year's European elections with a clear and radical manifesto. We set out our stall for an alternative vision of Europe based on principles of equality, justice, and human rights. We made a clear commitment to building an Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals. We also made clear our opposition to the continued erosion of public services and social welfare provision Europe wide and the role which the EU is playing in this regard.
"We are deeply concerned with the political and policy complexion of the incoming Commission. During the recent hearings with MEPs, many of the proposed Commissioners made clear their commitment to social and economic policies which will actively undermine equality, justice and social solidarity. There are also a number of proposed Commissioners who have serious questions to answer with respect to their conduct when Ministers in their national governments.
'We are calling on Jose Manuel Barroso to reflect on the composition of his proposed Commission and to consider ways to make its membership more reflective of the need to promote social and economic justice and social and cultural equality, both within the EU and globally.
"Sinn Féin believes another Europe is possible, where the rights of nations and peoples are respected and promoted, where quality health care and education are available to all, where civil liberties are protected and where the EU play‚s a positive and progressive role in tackling developing world debt and promoting conflict resolution.
"As it stands the Commission is not placed to achieve any of these things, as its priorities and stated policy preferences run in a contrary direction. This would make it very difficult for Sinn Féin MEPs to vote in favour of the Commission later this week."ENDS
Commenting after it was reported that outside consultants are to probe the running of the Belfast Education and Library Board, Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Kathy Stanton said:
"The BELB provide a range of absolutely crucial educational and social services for young people in Belfast. Given its important role it is vital that this report is completed quickly and with the minimal disruption to the operation of the Board.
"It is crucial that the services provided to young people in the Board area do not suffer during this process." ENDS
Responding to a report issued today by the NI Affairs Select committee on the state of social housing in the six counties, Sinn Féin Assembly member Fra McCann said:
"The NI Affairs Committee report merely confirms what we have been saying for some time. There is a housing crisis in west and north Belfast and in Derry City.
"Sinn Féin have been pressing the Housing Executive to start meting their obligations. Today, the Housing executive is operating an apartheid housing list and the militates against allocation of housing on the basis of greatest need.
"The responsibility for increased investment in housing rests with the British government. These resources must be directed to those people who are most disadvantaged and have the greatest objective housing need." ENDS
Speaking to the media this afternoon in Belfast, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that the governments had to make it clear to the DUP that London and Dublin would move ahead with the process if the DUP do not agree to move forward with the rest of the parties.
Mr Adams said:
"It is now five weeks on from Leeds Castle, it is four months on from Lancaster House and it is a full year since the Assembly elections. The DUP have had ample time and ample opportunity to come to an agreement with the rest of the parties and the two governments which would see the political institutions restored and the other outstanding elements of the Good Friday Agreement implemented. Sinn Féin want to see that deal done.
"However the rest of us cannot be expected to wait indefinitely on the DUP resolving these difficulties. The two governments need to be telling the DUP that they are not prepared to wait any longer but are moving ahead with the process." ENDS
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Human Rights issues Caitriona Ruane has said that the SDLP protests about the use of CS gas and plastic bullets by the PSNI have absolutely no credibility.
Ms Ruane said;
"In recent days the SDLP have been vocal in their condemnation of the PSNI using CS gas on the nationalist youth of Derry. In one case a young man was handcuffed before being attacked with CS gas.
"However the SDLP on this issue like the issue of plastic bullets seem to be blind to the reality that it was their Policing Board members who placed these lethal devices into the hands of the PSNI many of whom are human rights abusers who graduated from the ranks of the RUC.
"The SDLP double speak on these issues is appalling. They cannot publicly oppose the PSNI using plastic bullets and CS gas on the streets while rubber stamping the purchase of these weapons through their membership of the Policing Board." ENDS
Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP has said that the DUP cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change indefinitely and that they must move from their anti-Agreement position if a deal is to be secured.
Mr Doherty said:
"It is now almost a year on from the Assembly election. In that time we have been to Lancaster House in June and then Leeds Castle last month. It has time and again been hinted at that the DUP are prepared to do a deal which would see the institutions restored and the outstanding elements of the Good Friday Agreement implemented.
"However one year on the DUP have shown no willingness to move away from their anti-Agreement position and this remains the greatest obstacle to seeing a comprehensive package agreed. It is my view that the Leeds Castle engagement demonstrated that the other outstanding issues can be resolved. But as Martin McGuinness has already indicated this work needs to be completed quickly if we are to achieve a deal.
"We cannot wait on the DUP forever. If it becomes clear that the DUP are not going to move then it is inevitable that we will have to explore other options of moving the process forward and seeing the Agreement implemented. The DUP cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change indefinitely." ENDS
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD, has described news that a number of people on earnings of over €1 million per year pay no tax at all as "concrete evidence, if evidence was needed, of the shameful legacy of Charlie McCreevy and Mary Harney in both the Department of Finance and the Department of Enterprise and Trade over the last seven years".
Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "PAYE workers can rightly feel aggrieved today after it was confirmed that a large number of millionaires and other high earners pay no tax at all according the Department of Finance.
"As public services continue to crack and crumble under the pressure of poor financial resources, this revelation is concrete evidence, if evidence was needed, of the shameful legacy of Mary Harney and Charlie McCreevy in both the Department of Finance and the Department of Enterprise and Trade over the last seven years.
"While they pontificated about the need for a low-tax economy what was really operating for their super rich friends was a no-tax economy. It is absolutely sickening to constantly be lectured to on economics by the likes of Mary Harney and her PD colleagues and fifth columnists in Fianna Fáil. This admission alone exposes the flawed, selfish and ultimately dangerous economic policies of the PDs, who are clearly the driving force behind the Government.
"If everybody paid their fair share then our public services would not be in the state they are in. People would not be dying for want of a hospital bed; schools would not be rundown and overcrowded; parents would not want for adequate childcare facilities and we would not have endless housing waiting lists.
"It takes political will to tackle the vested interests in this country and that is something this Government is seriously lacking in."ENDS
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has described the comments of Colin Farrell on heroin use as "moronic, offensive and completely irresponsible". Deputy Ó Snodaigh was responding to Farrell's claim that he smoked heroin and that he thought it was "nice". The Dublin South Central TD suggested that the Hollywood actor should keep his mouth shut in future.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "While Colin Farrell likes to portray himself as some sort of working class hero the reality is quite different. He comes from a fairly privileged background that in many ways isolated him from the chronic drugs problem that is endemic across large parts of his native city.
"His moronic claim to have smoked heroin, which he thought was "nice", is not only completely irresponsible but deeply offensive to all those involved in the struggle to bring our massive drugs crisis under control.
"Such comments could only come from somebody who either hasn't a clue or is so caught up in their own self-importance and publicity that they don't give a damn about the potential impact of their utterances. As an A-list actor he must surely be aware that his comments carry weight way beyond their merit with impressionable members of our society, especially among the young.
"If he has nothing positive or constructive to say by way of tackling the drugs crisis that causes misery for tens of thousands of people in Dublin then we would all be better off if he just keep his mouth shut." ENDS
Bairbre de Brún MEP has called for strong European legislation under REACH proposals, to protect people from harmful chemical contamination.
Ms de Brún was speaking after a WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) report identified a wide range of industrial chemicals in the blood of thirteen EU ministers and previously thirty nine MEPs. The WWF had conducted a study on the effects of chemicals which exist in some fire-resistant sofas, non-stick pans, grease proof-pizza boxes, flexible PVC, fragrances and pesticides. A number of MEPs and EU Ministers had volunteered to take part in the survey to ascertain levels of chemical contamination in their blood.
The blood tests, which took place in December 2003 and June 2004, are one of the WWF's contributions to the debate within the EU on REACH, the proposed new chemicals law.
Ms de Brún said:
"The continued release of these contaminants in the environment and subsequent health risks cannot be allowed to continue unchecked. The recent study is an indication of the effects of chemical contaminants in the bloodstream of the wider population. These studies had shown an average of 37 chemicals in the blood of various EU Ministers. If these are the results amongst adults then we can only wonder about the effects upon our children.
I pledge to use my position on the Committee of Environment, Health and Public Safety in favour of strong measures to ensure that dangerous chemicals are no longer introduced into the environment. I will work for the implementation of strong, progressive, public safety based legislation in the proposed new system; Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH)" ENDS
Sinn Fein MLA for north Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has slammed the recent treatment of asylum detainees being held in Crumlin Road prison. This follows reports that two of the detainees were moved to Maghaberry at the weekend due to staff shortages where they were racially abused and strip searched by staff.
Speaking today Mr Kelly said:
"The treatment of these two men is completely unacceptable. Over the weekend they were transferred to Maghaberry Prison due to staff shortages where they were racially abused, strip searched and locked in their cells for most of the weekend.
"If anything the NIO has learnt nothing over three decades here. Republicans struggled for, and won the right to proper prison conditions, a right that all who are detained should be able to avail of.
"The asylum detainees, should not even be held in prison as they have committed no offence, and yet while there, they are still treated in this disgraceful manner that no-one ought to encounter.
"This is yet further indictment of the Prison Service, following the damning report by the Human Rights Commission revealing widespread human rights abuses at Maghaberry Prison.
"Sinn Féin have already requested access to the Crumlin Road detainees on a fact finding basis and I will be in contact with the British minister for Prisons, Ian Pearson, to address this issue as a matter of urgency." ENDS
Note to Editor: According to statements the two men, who are Muslim, have given to the Refugee Action Group they were:
· Subjected to strip searching
· Subjected to racist comments by a female prison officer
· Denied access to hot water while fulfilling the fasting obligations of
· Denied access to telephones for three days
· Locked in their cells for most of the weekend
· Denied open air exercise.
Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has stated that the SDLP accepting assurances from the PSNI in closed meetings is an admission that the DPP's are unable to hold the PSNI to account.
Mr McCartney said,
"Over the past few weeks we have seen the SDLP in Belfast and Derry entering into private meetings with the PSNI and getting assurances which they are unwilling to make public.
"In the case of Ibhram Shoukri, a known Belfast Loyalist, who was allowed to walk free although he was blatantly breaking his bail conditions, the SDLP accepted assurances in a private meeting with Hugh Orde as to why the PSNI did not intervene.
"In Derry the SDLP accepted assurances from the PSNI over the use of CS Gas in the city, again in a private meeting".
"In both cases the SDLP refused to make public what assurances were given by the PSNI as to why Ibhram Shoukri was allowed to openly break his bail conditions or why the youth of Derry have been subjected to CS Gas on a near weekly basis.
"The SDLP who have previously championed the DPP's as the way forward to hold the PSNI to account in an open and transparent way have now failed to use this method. This is a clear admission that the DPP's are either unable to hold the PSNI to account or that the answers that the PSNI have provided would expose the untenable nature of the working of the PSNI.
"The SDLP must now explain why they have disregarded the DPPs in terms of holding the PSNI to account".
Following his attendance at a Citywide Family Support Network conference in Dublin today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Family and Community Affairs, Seán Crowe TD reiterated his call for the introduction of a new carers allowance for Grandparents caring for the children of drug addicts. The Citywide conference was organised to draw attention to the growing number of grandparents who find themselves in the position of being full-time carers for their children's children as a result of drug addiction.
Deputy Crowe said, "The reality is because of the escalating drug problem, especially in urban centres, that there is a growing number of grandparents who find themselves in the position of rearing the children of their drug addicted sons and daughters. Unfortunately this group in many instances find themselves in a limbo situation where they are not recognised as the legitimate guardians of the children and therefore cannot access the support services that exist for other carers.
"Surely encouraging the retention of family units should be a priority. Grandparents willing and prepared to offer a caring and loving environment for their grandchildren should be given every support possible. A priority must be to remove the barriers preventing that support. We need to make available dedicated support staff to deal with this growing phenomenon. We also need to ensure that grandparents have access to financial support like that afforded to those receiving fostering allowances.
"I would like to commend the work of the Citywide Family Support Network for the work they have done on this issue. I would urge the new Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Seamus Brennan to work with his colleagues in the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Finance to ensure this issue is urgently addressed in the upcoming budget." ENDS
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said that it was ironic that the UUP should this afternoon be in Dublin meeting with the Irish government exactly one year on from the day that they lost their nerve and pulled out of a deal which would have seen the political institutions restored.
Mr McLaughlin said:
"Exactly one year ago today David Trimble reneged at the very last minute on a deal and a sequence which would have seen the political institutions restored.
"It is ironic that one year on the UUP, now in the position of the minority unionist party, are in Dublin meeting with the Irish government presumably with the intention of seeing a deal agreed allowing the same political institutions to be re-established.
"Both unionist parties have in recent weeks been engaged in dialogue with the Irish government and we obviously welcome this. However both parties still need to come to terms with and grasp the process of change which is required and which the Good Friday Agreement demands." ENDS
Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has said that he is very concerned after a party member in Portadown was visited by the PSNI and informed that an attempt was to be made by on his life.
Mr O'Dowd said;
"This man is a member of Sinn Féin in Portadown. He was visited at his home by the PSNI and informed that an operation was underway by a group who they refused to name to procure weapons and use them to kill him.
"The information given to the man by the PSNI was incomplete and has left many unanswered questions. Given the situation within loyalism we can only presume that this death threat and murder plot is emanating from one of the unionist paramilitary gangs.
" Over the past number of months there has been a fairly sustained unionist campaign against Sinn Féin members, particularly in areas like North Antrim. This information is suggesting that this campaign is now going to focus on republicans in other areas. I would urge republicans to remain vigilant in the face of these threats." ENDS
Commenting on the meeting today between the Finucane family and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly said that it was vital that the Irish government 'make it clear to the British government that the years of cover up and concealment had to end'.
Mr Kelly said;
" Since the murder of Pat Finucane successive British governments have failed to allow the sort of independent inquiry which is acknowledged as the only mechanism which can reveal the truth to proceed. In short they have continued to cover-up and conceal their role in the state sponsored murder of citizens.
" The approach of the British government to the Finucane case in recent weeks has served to reinforce fears that this British policy of concealment is set to continue. It is vital that following today's meeting in Dublin with the Finucane family that the Taoiseach makes it clear to the British government that the years of cover-up and concealment must end." ENDS
Speaking during an Adjournment Debate in the Dáil tonight Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government, Arthur Morgan TD called on the Government to reject the latest Constituency Commission report saying if implemented it would dilute "the proportionality of our electoral system". The County Louth TD said the proliferation of three seat constituencies was a "subtle form of tullymandering" which would result in the loss of the respect of the electorate.
Deputy Morgan said, "The recommendations in the constituency commissions report take this State further down the road of diluting the proportionality of our electoral system. This is most starkly illustrated by the decision to divide County Leitrim between the two proposed new constituencies of Sligo/North Leitrim and Roscommon/South Leitrim, but it is part of a much more fundamental problem.
"For the third consecutive commission, the number of five-seat constituencies, has been cut, while the number of three-seat constituencies grows steadily.
"Do the people of Finglas in 3 seat Dublin North-West have the same opportunity for putting their chosen party or representative into Leinster House as the people in leafy Dundrum in 5 seat Dublin South? Is it merely a coincidence that there is a proliferation of 3 seat constituencies north of the Liffey
whereas larger constituencies are more common south of the Liffey? Will the people of Leitrim have any chance of ever electing another representative from the county to the Dáil? Is the legislation restricting constituency size to three, four and five seaters a deliberate attempt by the establishment to keep the marginalised marginalised? Perhaps this would be best described as a more subtle form of tullymandering which is being implemented over a longer time-frame.
"Though I expect the Government to dismiss concerns being raised by referring to the independent nature of the commissions this is not good enough. The essential problem is that the commission is constrained by legislative act to have constituency sizes between three and five seats.
"The proportionality possible under the PRSTV system in place in this state has been diluted substantially through the selective redrawing of constituency boundaries and the reduction in constituency size in terms of members elected from nine and seven seat constituencies of the 1920's when the system was instigated to today's five, four and three seaters.
"Proportional Representation with a Single Transferable Vote (PRSTV) using multi seat constituencies is a unique system and practiced hardly at all outside of Ireland. It was not designed with the intention of applying it to three seat constituencies. The number of members returned per constituency is a crucial component of the Irish electoral system. The higher the number of members returned per constituency the greater the proportionality of the system
"I am asking the Minister to amend Section 6(2)(b) of the Electoral Act of 1997 to allow for the formation of six and seven seat constituencies. This would restore the positive attributes of the PRSTV system, in terms of local accountable representatives and voters being able to make inter and intra party choices. I would ask him, as a member elected in a five-seat constituency, if he accepts that the larger constituency size adds the quality of extra proportionality to the electoral system as a whole?
"Specifically I would ask the Minister considering the importance of maintaining the integrity of county boundaries to reconvene the Constituency Commission, after introducing the aforementioned legislative changes, to consider the possibility of establishing one six seat constituency comprising the three counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. The Government needs to recognise that we risk losing the respect of the people in places such as Leitrim for the electoral system when it is seen to be unfairly applied in way which prevents them from electing their chosen representative to parliament." ENDS
This week saw a little flurry of media speculation around the talk's process. This attention was sparked by remarks from both the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, and the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy. They separately indicated some optimism that the process could see a breakthrough in the short term.
I have to say that such remarks always irritate me and I always wonder why they are made. Perhaps it's no more than the compulsion of politicians to be positive. Perhaps it is a political instinct to have fingerprints on a process just in case there is a breakthrough. Whatever the reason when you hear such off the cuff comments from either of the two governments, take it with a pinch of salt.
Of course, a breakthrough is possible. That's what we're working for and it will happen but better to wait until it is actually achieved before flagging it up. The British Secretary of State also disclosed that there were ongoing intensive discussions. There's no great deal about that, I suppose. We have all the time been engaged with the two governments in an effort to see the outstanding issues resolved. But no matter how much they may pretend or present themselves to the contrary, not all the parties are involved in this process. That's not Sinn Fein's doing or our wish, but I'm sure they are irked to hear public confirmation of such a process because it reduces them to the role of spectators and that can't be good.
So what is happening?
I won't commit the sin I have accused the governments of, but by following the logic of their utterances over the last number of months it is possible to form certain conclusions. For example, in June there were all-party discussions hosted by both governments in Lancaster House in London. These, despite Sinn Fein protests were brought to a halt because of the advent of theorange marching season and because senior DUP representatives had to go to Harvard. Obviously on business much more important than the effort to get a breakthrough back home.
In their absence the big task for the rest of us was to try to get a peaceful summer. We succeeded. Only just.
The next summit was at Leeds Castle. There the two governments told the world that they were satisfied that the IRA was going to make an unprecedented contribution to the process. The DUP appeared to hit a wobble. It was obvious to everyone that the IRA would only move in the context of a comprehensive agreement. As I said at the time the IRA was unlikely to move for less than the Good Friday Agreement.
So where stood the DUP? For their part they have been sending positive signals. They said they were for power sharing. Ian Paisley visited Dublin to meet with the Taoiseach as part of a publicly stated desire to build good neighbourliness. All this was positive and welcome but a month after the Leeds Talks the process is no further on. If the governments are satisfied with what they have proclaimed the IRA is going to do then who are they waiting on? Obviously the DUP. And if Ministers Ahern and Murphy have said there is going to be a breakthrough then clearly the logic of their position is that this must be coming from the DUP. I see no evidence of that, though it is possible.
As I understand it the DUP are seeking changes in the Agreement which would alter its fundamentals. Regular Irish Voice readers may know the governments have ruled this out, and I hope they are serious about this. But I have concerns, not least because both governments have tampered with the Agreement already. The suspension of the institutions is one example of this. The power which a British Minister now has, contrary to the Agreement, to take action against Irish political parties is another example.
The DUP are also making their own particular demands of the IRA at a time when their newly proclaimed conversion to power sharing has yet to move beyond the rhetoric. In fact in every local government council where the DUP has majority power in the north of Ireland they refuse to share power.
There is also the issue of policing. The DUP is a devolutionist party and obviously it would like to see the powers of policing and justice transferred from London toBelfast, but thus far it has resisted efforts to do this. Why?
So, from all of the above there is still a mountain to climb for Ian Paisleys party. I hope the two Ministers are right. Sinn Fein is leaving no stone unturned in our effort to bring about a breakthrough. The big question arising from the Ministers remarks is what do they do if there is not a breakthrough?
How long must we wait for the DUP to come into the real world?
Bairbre de Brún MEP speaking today in Brussels after signing an online petition to defend and protect Irish Language newspaper Lá said:
'In recent days we have seen an unacceptable attack on the Irish language daily newspaper Lá by Unionist politicians.
Lá has been become an increasingly successful newspaper, through the dedication of its staff, whose livelihoods Lord Laird seeks to jeopardise, the generosity of the Andersontown News Group, funding from Foras na Gaelige, Interreg and the support of Irish language speakers.
Unionist threats to funding seem to be based on nothing more than resentment at the continuing revival of the Irish language. They would create a cultural deficit if acted on by those in positions of influence.
I with my colleagues and other Irish language speakers throughout the island will seek to protect the integrity of Lá. I commend those organising this petition and urge everyone to support it'
Note to Editors : The online petition to support Lá can be found at:
Ag caint i ndiaidh di achainí ar-líne chun an nuachtán laethúil Gaeilge, Lá, a chosaint a shíniú sa Bhruiséil inniu dúirt an Feisire Eorpach, Bairbre de Brún:
"Le laethanta beaga anuas rinne polaiteoirí Aontachtacha ionsaí samhnasach ar an nuachtán laethúil Gaeilge, Lá.
"Tá ag éirí le Lá, trí dhíograis a fhoirne, foireann a bhfuil an Tiarna Laird ag iarraidh a chur as obair, flaithiúlacht Ghrúpa an Andersonstown News, maoiniú o Fhoras na Gaeilge, Interreg agus tacaíocht lucht labhartha na Gaeilge.
"Tá an chuma ar an sceal go mbaineann bagairtí Aontachtaithe le doicheall roimh athbheochan leanúnach na Gaeilge. Bheadh folús cultúrtha ann dá leanfadh daoine a bhfuil tionchar acu a moltaí.
"Déanfaidh mise, in éineacht le mo chomhghleacaithe agus cainteoirí eile Gaeilge ar fud an oileáin, ár ndícheall staid Lá a chosaint. Molaim iad siud atá ag eagrú na hachainí seo agus iarraim ar gach duine tacaíocht a thabhairt di.
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