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De Brun welcomes Irish language measures

4 December, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Irish Language issues Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the announcement in the 26 County Budget today that Foras na Gaeilge is to be relocated to Gweedore and that income received by families who host people learning Irish in Gaeltacht areas will no longer be taxed.

Ms de Brún said:"The announcement that Foras na Gaeilge is to be decentralized to the Donegal Gaeltacht is very welcome. This must happen and happen quickly. Sinn Féin will do its utmost in the time ahead to ensure that this happens."

Commenting on the decision to remove taxation from the income received by families who host Irish learners in Gaeltacht areas, Ms de Brún said:"I very much welcome the fact the fact that the income generated by families who host the many people who travel to Gaeltacht area to learn Irish will no longer be subject to tax.

"This measure taken with the decentralisation of Foras na Gaeilge will go some way to alleviating the very real difficulties which have been faced by those living in the Gaeltacht areas in recent times." ENDS

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