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South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has welcomed the news that software Giant Google has partnered with PwC in Belfast to open their first Innovation Lab in Europe.

Mr Ó Muilleoir said:

“I welcome a European first for PwC here with the establishment of a Google lab in their Belfast base.  Over recent years, PwC has been transformed into an economic powerhouse with its cloud-based software programmes and teams of international consultants. With Google now in Dublin and Belfast, I look forward to continued commitment by the Californian giant to the island of Ireland."

“This news with its potential to establish Belfast as the hub of immersive technology in Europe is good for Belfast, good for the economy and good for the North’s reputation as a place to do business.

“This development will be a welcome addition to our marketing tool-kit when endeavouring to attract future investment in the expanding technology sector.”


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has urged people to check the register of electors and to ensure that they can vote in the coming general election.

Ní Riada said:

“We will have a general election early next year. It will be a historic opportunity to change Irish politics and society for the better. I am encouraging everyone to check the register of electors to make sure their name is on it. If you are not registered, you have until 5pm this Wednesday 25th to claim your right to vote.

“You can check the register at or at your local library or civic offices. You can also pick up forms at these locations or in Garda stations.

“The coming elections will give us a chance to make history, and to change the nature of Irish politics. Sinn Féin is determined to deliver progressive change for people who have felt the crushing weight of the austerity policies implemented by Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Fianna Fáil before them.

"The potential for that change is in the hands of voters. Make sure you can have your say. Register to vote and let your voice be heard on election."


Speaking as nurses balloted for strike action today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the crisis in our hospitals is a direct result of underfunding from government.

Deputy Adams said the decision in favour of strike action is a completely understandable response by frontline health workers who are perform heroics on a daily basis.

Deputy Adams said;

“Today’s decision by nurses follows a number of shocking cases including one in which a man in his 90s spent 29 hours on a trolley in Tallaght A&E.

“While the situation is very worrying for patients and their families this is a completely understandable response from frontline health workers.

“Nurses are performing heroics on a daily basis under increasing pressure as the government continually fails to deal with the overcrowding crisis.

“This is a result of the continued underfunding of our health services by this government who prefer to give tax breaks to high earners than to invest in our public services.

“It should be remembered that a key election promise by Enda Kenny was to end the hospital trolley scandal.

“However, under Ministers Reilly and Varadkar, the public health system has lurched from one crisis to another.

“Minister Varadkar must now engage positively with the INMO.

"Ultimately the only solution to this crisis is increased investment.  We need to reverse the cuts to the health services implemented over the years by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.

“Sinn Féin proposes to recruit 2,500 nurses over five years if in government, with further recruitment envisaged in a second term of office.”


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D. today said that the industrial action being undertaken by Nurses working in emergency departments across Ireland is the inevitable outcome of years of cuts to essential frontline services and the ever deteriorating state of our health services under the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said;

“Today there are 339 patients on trolleys across the state. This unacceptable figure has consistently presented over recent years. Nurses and other health professionals are stretched to the maximum. Patient safety is in jeopardy as has been shown by recent revelations of the abhorrent circumstances some have found themselves in in hospitals across the state.

“Whatever “plan” the Minister for Health claims to have in place is simply not working and it is no surprise that nurses working in our emergency departments have decided to take industrial action.

“The health service is in complete chaos and the Government have no one to blame but themselves. They have not delivered on any of the promises made during the last election or in their Programme for Government.  Indeed two years ago the then Minister James Reilly said; “We will never again see 569 people on trolleys on a single day while this Government is in office”.  And as we all know, we have.

“What we need is adequate investment to tackle this serious problem. The miserable €18 million additional Health funding in the Budget for 2016 is a damning indictment of the Government's approach to the Health crisis and will do nothing to alleviate the pressures on staff in our hospitals.

“In Sinn Féin's Budget 2016 proposals, we provided an additional €383m to tackle the crisis in the health system and that is just in year one. We identified a number of areas where we would invest in both additional staff and services that have the potential to alleviate the pressures on emergency departments, in maternity units and across the disability services.

“Sinn Féin is committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care that is accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.


Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has described death threats against Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Magennis as cowardly and despicable. And she said those behind the threats have nothing to offer society. 

Ms McCann said; 

"The death threats against Councillor Stephen Magennis are utterly wrong and I totally condemn them. 

"Stephen Magennis is one of the hardest working representatives in the city.

"These despicable threats against Stephen are directly linked to his work as a public representative, keeping local residents informed and safe following a security alert in the area on Sunday. 

“There was also a threat made against our party offices.

"The people who issued these threats are cowards and have nothing to offer society. All they bring to our community is disruption and hurt to our young people. 

"The threats against Stephen and our party should be lifted immediately.

"The local community has overwhelmingly supported Sinn Féin's peace strategy and our path to a united Ireland.

"We will not be deflected from our work on behalf of the thousands of people who elected us. 

"Sinn Féin has stood up to British state terror and their loyalist murder gangs who killed and attacked our members over many years.

"We will not be intimidated or deterred by the anonymous cowards who made these threats.”


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has criticised news that the cost of 22 new modular units in Ballymun would cost a total of 4.2 million euro, which he said was more than it would cost to build real social housing with bricks and mortar. He went on to say that the site in question in Ballymun had already been developed with a plan for houses to be built there in the future.

Deputy Ellis said;

"We are in an emergency in relation to homelessness and accommodation for homeless people, but that does not mean we act without any thought. We need housing right now for these families who currently are stuck in hotels and B&B's, but short term accommodation which is more expensive than a brick and mortar house which will last for decades, makes no sense.

“We also have concerns for that the firm award to contract to provide these units currently has four of its previous contracts audited for fire safety. Such an investigation must be considered very strongly when continuing with a contract worth millions, which is supposed to provide secure and safe temporary housing for families. Safety is of the utmost importance.

“I am calling on the Minister to review the Ballymun site in question given the work already done to provide real housing in this area and the fact that these units will be costing nearly 15,000 euro more than the Department of Environment and others say a new social housing build would cost. I fear the government are using modular housing to further avoid their responsibility to deliver housing. In the first six months of the year, the Department of Environment says just 20 social houses were built.

“If modular housing is to be used to help homeless families it needs to be safe and well planned, but also not block the construction of brick and mortar social housing which is desperately needed."


Commenting on the ongoing crisis within the IFA following the revelations over the salary of former general secretary, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West and member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Matt Carthy has said that the controversy has weakened the trust between members of the IFA and leadership figures within the organisation.  Carthy said that the statements of the IFA leadership were striking the right note but must be followed by real action in terms of providing full transparency to its members.

Carthy said:

“I have been speaking to several IFA members over the past few days.  All are shocked and many are numb with anger.  They are quite simply stunned and are demanding real action from their leadership to ensure that their trust in the organisation can be restored.  Certainly, they feel that the statements released by the IFA and the stepping aside of IFA president, Eddie Downey, have struck the right note, but they want real long-term measures to be enacted to ensure that there is full transparency within the organisation into the future.

"It is obviously a matter for the IFA membership as to who their leadership is and who is employed by the farming body.  However, the fact that the former general secretary received such a substantial salary while many farmers all over Ireland have been struggling to make ends meet in light of falling farm incomes, cannot be justified.

“Similarly the fact that this information was kept from the members of the IFA and was only revealed after considerable pressure was placed on the organisation is completely unacceptable.

“There is now a clear need for the IFA to increase the transparency of its remuneration policies and members hope that measures announced and the review being carried out by Con Lucey will bring this about. 

“Certainly this issue will have a long-lasting impact.  The simple fact of the matter is that the leadership of the IFA have let down the farmers that they represent and every effort must be made to ensure this type of incident cannot happen again.

“Should legislation be required to guarantee the transparency of salaries in the voluntary sector, this should happen without delay.”


Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called on South Dublin County Council to take public ownership of Monastery Health and the graveyard at Mount St Joseph off the Monastery Road. The land is currently owned by the developer who built Monastery Heath.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘Monastery Health and the graveyard at Mount Saint Joseph have never been taken in charge by South Dublin County Council, despite the housing estate being over 20 years old.

‘Unfortunately this delay has created a number of problems. Trees in Monastery Heath have become overgrown and are causing nuisance to residents.

‘More urgently the graveyard at Mount St Josephs has been neglected. Thankfully Clondalkin Tidy Towns have done great work in maintaining the graveyard.

‘However it is time for the Council to step in and take the estate and graveyard into public ownership to ensure that they are properly maintained into the future.

‘I understand that the meetings are due to take place in the coming weeks between Council officials and the developer to start the taking in charge process.

‘However I also understand that the original planning permission stipulated that the graveyard would pass to the management company representing owners in the estate when the taking in charge process was complete.

‘This would not be an acceptable situation either for the residents or for the community at large.

‘At a meeting of the Clondalkin Area Committee last week Councillors insisted that the graveyard must be brought into public ownership. We have asked officials to examine the legality of this and report back in December.

‘There is also a need for the graveyard to be included in Schedule 2 Record of Protected Structures in the SDCC Development Plan 2016-2022 in order to ensure that it received the level of protection it deserves.

‘Clondalkin is rich with local history and the Council must do everything in its power to preserve and promote this history.’


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on Human Rights Commissioner Muižnieks to return to Belfast to investigate Britain's Human Rights Abuse following their failure to address it in last week’s agreement “A Fresh Start.”

Speaking in the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said

“Last week saw a significant agreement made between the two largest political parties in the north of Ireland and the Irish and British Governments.

“The 6 counties institutions are the only viable platform to give protection to the working poor and those on benefits.

“Last week did not, however, see the British government address breeches of its Article 2 obligation under the European Convention on Human Rights - the right to life - which the European Court of Human Rights found Britain had violated during the conflict in Ireland. 

“The British Government has covered up for State Actors, their agents, British army, police and the political establishment which colluded in countless murders and to this day the British Government continues to exercise a national security veto to conceal the role it played in Collusion in Ireland. 

“The Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Muižnieks must return to Belfast to investigate Britain's Human Rights Abuse, to bring them to book for acting with impunity and to work to get the full disclosure of information for victims and for their families.” ENDS


Leagan Gaeilge Thíos - Irish Version Follows

Galway West - South Mayo based Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has hit out at the Government as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation voted overwhelmingly in support of industrial action.

The Senator said:

“The crisis in our hospitals is a direct result of underfunding from government and our frontline workers have unfortunately been left with little option but to engage in industrial action.

“Nurses are performing heroics on a daily basis under increasing pressure as the government continually fails to deal with the overcrowding crisis.

“This October was the worst on record with 7,971 admitted patients cared for on trolleys in hospitals around the state and the first ten months of this year, with almost 80,000 patients treated on trolleys is the worst since trolley watch began.

“This is the latest in the ongoing saga of mismanagement of our public health system, which has lurched from one crisis to another under Ministers Reilly and Varadkar.

“In University Hospital Galway, there were 469 patients treated on hospital trolleys during the month of October, while the latest figures show that the outpatient waiting list for the Hospital stands at a staggering 34,870 patients.

“Minister Varadkar must now engage constructively with the INMO if we are to avert a strike in Emergency Departments in the run up to Christmas.

“The ultimate solution to this crisis is increased investment and a reversal of the cuts imposed by Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael.

“Sinn Féin has consistently called for increased investment in our public services and, if in Government, we would recruit an additional 2,500 nurses over five years with additional recruitment envisaged during a second term.”

Breis is 35,000 othar seachtrach ar liostaí feitheamh ag Ospidéil na Gaillimhe agus vóta stailce glactha ag altraí – Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Cháin Seanadóir Shinn Féin Ghaillimh Thiar – Maigh Eo Theas, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, an rialtas go láidir inniu fhad is a vótáil tromlach mór de bhaill Chumann na nAltraí is na mBan Chabhrach ar son aighneas tionsclaíoch.

Deir an Seanadóir:

“Baineann an ghéarchéim sna h-ospidéil go díreach le h-easpa maoinithe ón rialtas agus fágadh ár gcuid oibrithe túslíne gan aon rogha eile ach dul i muinín an t-aighneas tionsclaíoch dhá bharr.

“Tá altraí ag déanamh obair den scoth chuile lá den tseachtain, fhad is atá siad faoi bhrú breise mar go bhfuil ag teip go leanúnach ar an rialtas dul i ngleic leis na fadhbanna plódú inár gcuid ospidéil.

“Ba í mí Dheireadh Fómhair na bliana seo an ceann ba mheasa ariamh, le 7,971 othar glactha sa chóras is iad ag fáil cóir leighis ar thralaithe ar fud an stáit, agus is iad an chéad deich mhí den bhliain seo, le h-ós cionn 80,000 othar ar thralaithe an bhliain is measa ó thosaigh an feachtas faire thralaithe an chéad lá ariamh.

“Seo an corr is déanaí i scéal anróiteach mí-bhainistíochta na seirbhíse sláinte poiblí, atá tithe ó ghéarchéim amháin go géarchéim eile faoi na hAirí Reilly & Varadkar.

“In Ospidéal na hOllscoile Gaillimh, bhí 469 othar ar thralaithe ag fáil cóir leighis i mí Dheireadh Fómhair, fad is a léiríonn na figiúir is déanaí go bhfuil líon dochreidte de 34,870 othar ag fanacht ar na liostaí feitheamh seachtracha d’ospidéal na cathrach sin.

“Caithfidh an tAire Varadkar anois dul i mbun idirbheartaíochta le Cumann na n-Altraí & na mBan Chabhrach má tá muid le stailc sna h-aonaid éigeandála a sheachaint idir seo agus an Nollaig.

“An réiteach bhunúsach atá ar an ngéarchéim seo ná breis infheistíochta agus dul siar ar na ciorruithe a chuir Fianna Fáil, an Lucht Oibre & Fine Gael i bhfeidhm le blianta beaga anuas.

“Tá Sinn Féin ag éileamh go leanúnach gur gá infheistíocht bhreise a dhéanamh inár seirbhísí poiblí agus, má bhíonn muid i rialtas, go mbeadh muid sásta 2,500 altra breise a earcú thar cúig bhliain le h-earcaíocht bhreise sa mullach ar sin inár dara tréimhse rialtais, más ann do”.


Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said there is an urgent need for more social housing in the Glens area. 

Mr McMullan said:

"Social housing is a pressing need in all communities but its lack is particularly felt in rural areas. 

"Those on waiting lists in rural areas such as the Glens are often faced with the possibility of having to leave the area to move to urban environments to access social housing. 

"As we face the challenges of an increasingly ageing population, there is a particular lack of social housing for older people, particularly bungalow type accommodation. 

"I had written to the Social Development Minister requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the lack of social housing provision in the Glens area. 

"I have now secured a meeting with Mervyn Storey to discuss this important issue next week. 

"At that meeting I will be pressing the minister to take urgent action to address the lack of social housing in the East Antrim area.”


Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has called for more to be done to stop farmers losing land to coastal erosion.

Mr Ó hOisín said,

“Coastal erosion along the Magilligan coastline has resulted in the loss of land to farmers which is having a serious impact on their livelihoods.

“I know one farmer who has lost around 12 acres of farmable land to erosion.  Not only does this cut down on his farming income but he also loses out on the Single Farm Payment, which is reduced due to having less land.

“The loss of the coastline is also having a detrimental effect on wildlife along this stretch of coastline with natural habitats under threat.

“I am calling on more measures to be taken to protect our coastline and coastal habitat so it is important we put in place a strategy to stop this erosion.

“I welcome the fact the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has agreed to visit the area in the near future to see the extent of the land loss and look at ways in which we can stop any further erosion.”


Ní bagairt ach deis athmuintearais í an Ghaeilge a deir Cathaoirleach Náisiúnta Shinn Féin Declan Kearney. 

I ndiaidh Shlógadh Shinn Féin ar an Iúr, ar imeacht bhliantúil Gaeilge an pháirtí é, dúirt Kearney,

"Is le achan duine an Ghaeilge, agus ní bagairt do dhuine ar bith í.

"Ba bhreá soiléir an teachtaireacht sin i rith an tSlógaidh agus go háirithe ina raibh le rá ag Linda Ervine ina cur i láthair féin.

"Cuireann plean cur i bhfeidhm Chomhaontú Stormont House deis ar fáil chun stadás na Gaeilge a thógáil sna Sé Chontae. Tá tacaíocht d'Acht na Gaeilge ag dul i méid i rith an ama. Is í an chéad chéim riachtanach eile í reachtaíocht a chur i bhfeidhm ó thuaidh.

"Caithfear todchaí chomhroinnte a bhunú ar chomhmheas agus ar chomhionannas. Sa chomhthéacs sin, cuirtear Gaeilge san áireamh mar ghléas fiúntach agus luachmhar chun athmhuintearas a thógáil sa tuaisceart.

"Le comóradh an Chéid ar na bacáin, is cinnte go ndíreofar aird arís ar an ról lárnach dearfach a bhí ag an athbheochan, ag múnlú stair pholaitiúil agus shóisialta na linne sin.

"Tá sé in am anois feachtais dhiana agus chruthaitheacha a shocrú, chomh maith le caidreamh agus chomhpháirtíocht trasphobail a thógáil, le cearta teanga a chinntiú ó thuaidh theas.

"Is gléas dearfach í an Ghaeilge ar son athruithe oideachasúla, cultúrtha, eacnamaíocha agus sóisialta. Caithfear an deis sin a thapú trí reachtaíocht cheart ó thuaidh agus ó dheas.

"Leanfaidh Sinn Féin ag chomhoibriú leis na grúpaí Gaeilge agus le grúpaí eile pobail chun na cuspóirí seo a bhaint amach."


Sinn Féin MLA Rosie Mc Corley has urged carers in our community to ensure they have full information on their rights entitlement.

 Speaking on Carer's Day, Ms. McCorley said,

 “I would like to pay tribute to the fantastic work which carers do in our community, a role which is often unpaid and unacknowledged.

 “Carers are the backbone of the community care system, without whom the cost to the health service would be enormous.

 “However, many of them are missing out on the support available for them. 

 “Carers need to be given the right information on their entitlements which can greatly transform the experience of looking after someone. 

 “It can be a minefield trying to navigate the myriad of services and entitlements. Many carers miss out on the financial and practical support, which could benefit them greatly. 

 “The information necessary to support them must be easily accessible to ensure they do not find themselves facing associated problems such as financial hardship, health problems, emotional stress and relationship breakdown.”


Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has urged young people in rural areas to grasp the opportunity to improve their career prospects by participating in the ‘RYE Connect’ Programme.

The ‘RYE Connect’ Programme is an innovative approach aimed at igniting ideas and encouraging enterprise development among young people in rural areas. Minister O’Neill has allocated match funding of £193,698 over three years for the initiative under DARD’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

‘RYE Connect’ is led by the Rural Development Council (RDC) in partnership with The Advantage Foundation Ltd and has an international dimension bringing together organisations from Finland and Greenland under the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020.

Encouraging young people in rural areas to participate in the Programme, Minister O’Neill said:

“I am delighted to be supporting this initiative with £193,698 in match funding, over a three year period, under my Department’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme. RYE Connect will provide up to 400 young people aged 18-30 living in rural areas with the support to help turn a business idea into reality.

“Engaging young people in rural enterprise has the potential to make rural life more attractive by providing employment and income, thereby addressing rural poverty and isolation. It will also enable young people to remain in rural areas with their families and contribute to the sustainability of their community and the local economy.

“I look forward to seeing the positive outworking of the Programme and learning from other regions in tackling youth employment, which is now considered a worldwide issue.”


Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast, Jennifer McCann, has welcomed the significant seizure of explosive and munitions in the Twinbrook area today.

Speaking today Ms McCann said:

“The seizure of a significant amount or materials including explosives, component parts and munitions is to be welcomed.

“The storage of these items in an residential area where many elderly people live endangering the safety of these resident and indeed others in the long term given the nature of the material seized.

“There is no place for armed actions in our society. Those who are intent on pursuing it need to stop immediately.

There is a peaceful and democratic path towards achieving a united Ireland and a new Republic. Armed actions will not in any way bring those goals any closer.”


Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim, Daithí McKay, has said there is no place for racism in our society.

Condemning the arson attacks on two cars belonging to Eastern Europeans at Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena Mr McKay said:

"These attacks are totally wrong and must be condemned outright. Thankfully no one was injured in these incidents.

"There can be no place for racism in our society. It is those behind these attacks who are not welcome in our society – not those who they targeted.

"Whoever carried out this attack have nothing to offer this community.

"I would urge anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI to ensure those responsible can be brought to justice."


Sinn Féin's National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said the Irish language threatens no one and is a resource to build reconciliation.

Speaking after the Party's annual Slógadh in Newry he said:

"The Irish language belongs to everyone, and threatens no one.

"That fact was powerfully underscored in various contributions during the Slógadh, and particularly by the presentation from Linda Ervine.

"The recent Stormont Agreement implementation plan provides a new opportunity to look towards enhancing the status of the Irish language in the six counties. Support for an Irish language act is continuing to grow. Legislation is a necessary next step in the north.

"Everyday over 5,000 children in the six counties are taught through the medium of Irish. The Irish language community in the north is growing, and on an increasingly cross community basis. That is hugely significant.

"A shared future must be based upon mutual respect, parity of esteem and equality. In that context, the Irish language should be embraced and valued as a significant resource with which to build reconciliation in the north.

"The centenary of the Easter rising will inevitably refocus attention on how the language revival played a very positive influence in shaping Irish political and social history during that period.

"This now is a time for intensified and imaginative campaigning, and cross community, and other new alliances to entrench Irish language rights north and South.

"The Irish language is a positive force for educational, cultural, economic and social change. That potential needs to be harnessed and given expression through good legislation North and South.

"Sinn Féin will continue to work with Irish language, and other community organisations towards achieving these outcomes."


Sinn Féin Councillor for Mid and East Antrim, Patrice Hardy, has said the Cullybackey community is in shock following an aggravated burglary in the area.

Speaking today Cllr Hardy said:

“The local community are in shock to learn of this aggravated burglary especially given the number of men involved and the fact that the victim was struck with a gun.

“Our thoughts are clearly with the victim who I am sure is quite shaken by this experience.

“Anyone with information should bring it straight to the PSNI. It is imperative that those behind this burglary and assault are taken of our streets.”


Leagan Gaeilge Thíos - Irish Version Follows

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said the Irish Government must step up to the plate and live up its responsibilities to the Irish language.

He was speaking this morning at the Sinn Féin Slógadh taking place in Newry.

Deputy Adams said:

“The Government has made massive reductions in language funding in recent years. Given the chance to rectify the situation this year it failed. Yes, they did give an additional €1million to the 20 Year Irish Language Strategy, but at the same time they reduced the vital capital funding provided to Udarás na Gaeltachta by the same figure.”

“The Irish language and Irish speakers better. Irish deserves to be nurtured and developed as a vital component of our national cultural identity.”

“In our most recent budget submission, Sinn Féin proposed a range of measures totalling over €10million that would positively impact on the Irish language, including increasing Udarás na Gaeltachta’s capital fund by €5million, increasing funding for Irish language community schemes by €750,000 and introducing a tax credit for parents whose children attend Irish language courses.”

“In the North by contrast, the Líofa programme continues to go from strength-to-strength, with now over 15,000 participants, and Sinn Féin Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has overseen a range of other measures in order to improve engagement with the Irish language, including providing bursaries for children from low income families to attend Gaeltacht courses.”

“Carál has also recently published a Draft Acht na Gaeilge, which Sinn Féin remain firmly committed to, in spite of opposition from the main parties of Unionism.”

“What Sinn Féin in office have shown is the forward thinking and practical support required from the Government in Dublin so that the Irish language can prosper and reach its potential. They must step up to the plate and deliver on their responsibilities to the Irish language.” 

“Dúirt Gerry Adams TD Uachtarán Shinn Féin go gcaithfidh Rialtas na hÉireann an beart a dhéanamh agus a ndualgais i leith na teanga a chomhlíonadh.

“Bhí sé ag labhairt ar maisdin ag Slógadh Shinn Féin atá ar siúl in Iúr Chinn Trá.

“Dúirt an Teachta Adams: "Tá ciorruithe móra curtha i bhfeidhm ag an rialtas seo ar chistiú don Ghaeilge le blianta beaga anuas. Is fíor gur thug siad milliún sa bhreis don Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge, ach ag an am céanna laghdaigh siad an deontas a thugtar d'Uadarás na Gaeltachta den mhéid céanna.

“Tá An Gheilge agus lucht labhartha na Gaeilge i dteideal tacaíochti bhfad níos fearr. Ba cheart go mbeadh an Ghaeilge á chothú agus á forbairt mar chuid lárnach dár bhféiniúlacht cultúrtha.

“Sna moltaí buiséid is déanaí uainne Chuir Sinn Féin beartas ar fiú e10 milliún iad chun tosaigh, ina measc sin - méadú 5 Mhilliún ar chiste caipitil Udarás na Gaeltachta, méadú e750 000 ar dheonú do scéimeanna pobail Gaeilge agus creidmheasanna cánach a thabhairt isteach do thuismitheoirí a bhfuil a bpáistí ag freastal ar chúrsaí Gaeilge.

“Sa Tuaisceart, mar mhalairt scéil, tá an scéim Líofa ag dul ó neart go neart, a bhfuil anois breis is 15 000 páirteach ann, agus tá beartais éagsúla curtha i gcrích ag an Aire Ní Chuilín chun teagmháil níos fearr le heagrais Ghaeilge a chruthú, lena n-áirítearcistíochta  chur ar fáil do pháistí ó theaghlaigh faoi mhíbhuntáiste freastal ar chúrsaí Gaeltachta.

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