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Gaelic games should be 'celebrated, not berated'

28 November, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA and Assembly Culture Committee Chair Barry McElduff shall today meet the BBC Controller Peter Johnston to discuss the BBC's coverage of Gaelic Games in both television and radio.

Mr McElduff said,

"The Good Friday Agreement espouses equality of opportunity and respect for cultural diversity. Gaelic Games is a positive cultural tool enjoyed by all and should be celebrated, not berated, by the media. .

"It is important that the GAA is now given the recognition that it deserves by the broadcasting corporation. GAA fans are also license fee payers and are not being catered for.

"The GAA is by far the most popular sport in the north but still it receives second-class treatment from the BBC compared with other sports.

"I shall also be raising the issue of BBC provision for the Irish Diaspora in England, Scotland and Wales and shall convey their needs to Mr Johnston." Críoch

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