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Decentralisation of 30 Foras na Gaeilge staff post to Gweedore must be accelerated

7 November, 2007


Donegal Sinn Fein Seanator, Pearse Doherty has welcomed the recent announcement from the North South Ministerial Council on the Irish language that a working group is to be established to progress the decentralisation of 30 Foras na Gaeilge staff post to Gweedore.

Senator Doherty said, "I have consistently called on the Irish Government to stop dragging its feet on this issue. These jobs were announced in a blaze of glory by the Government in 2003, four years later not one of these jobs are in Gweedore. However I welcome the fact that the North South Ministerial Council on the Irish language has agreed that a working group is to be established to progress the decentralisation of 30 Foras na Gaeilge staff post to Gweedore.

"A staffing submission has already been presented to the North South Ministerial Council by Foras na Gaeilge in relation to filling of posts in the organization including posts earmarked for Gweedore. The new working group that will be established representing Foras na Gaeilge and the two sponsor Departments, is tasked with reaching agreement on the staffing submission and, in particular to quantify the financial implications in 2008 and subsequent financial years.

"It has also been agreed by both ministers that the working group should seek to progress agreement on a number of key posts identified in the submission which can be met from existing financial allocations in the shortest possible timeframe.

"This is essential as four years is too long to wait for this government to fulfil its promise to the people of Donegal. This working group must be established immediately and reach conclusion within a very short period of time.

"We can not and will not accept a long drawn out drip feed of these jobs coming to Gweedore. The group must set, in a very clear way, commitments as to when the full compliment of these jobs will be located in Gweedore" ENDS

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