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Doherty seeks increased funding for TG4

28 May, 2008


Speaking in the Seanad today on the Broadcasting Bill 2008 Sinn Féin Irish Language Spokesperson Senator Pearse Doherty called on Communications Minister Eamon Ryan to address the serious under funding of Irish Language television station TG4.

Dúirt Seanadóir Ó Dochartaigh, "Maidir le TG4, tá gá le cupla rudaí a shoileirú. Molann gach éinne TG4 na laethanta seo - agus is ceart sin. Ach tá dualgas ar an Aire maoiniú ceart a sholáthar don chainéal - agus ní leor an cheist sin a fhágáil ag eagras nua nach mbeidh bunaithe i gceart go ceann bliana ar a laghad. Mar tá leagtha síos sa Bille seo.

"Caithfear bonn ceart maoinithe a chur faoi TG4 láithreach - más rud é go bhfuil an Taoiseach chun gníomhú faoin teanga seachas bheith ag caint fúithi agus más mian leis an Rialtas a chruthú go bhfuil se dáiríre faoi chur i bhfeidhm a bhufil sa Ráiteas faoin nGaeilge a foilsíodh bliain go leith ó shin."

Senator Doherty said, "The Minister, like all his predecessors, agrees that TG4 is a huge success, not just for the Irish language but for the innovation and energy it has brought for public service broadcasting.

"He must also agree that the channel is seriously under-funded. He has an obligation to address this now and put it right before he establishes any new regulatory structure that might take years to reach this issue.

"We've heard a lot from the new Taoiseach about his commitment to Irish. The Minister must be grateful that he will have so many allies when he goes to seek the increased funding that TG4 so badly needs and deserves." ENDS

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