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Funding for Irish Language Papers

23 September, 2008

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has welcomed news that Foras na Gaeilge is to make additional funding available for the publication of a weekly Irish language newspaper.

Expressing his regret that the Irish language agency is unable to sustain funding for the production of a daily newspaper in Irish, the Sinn Féin President expressed his hope that more favourable conditions would allow the return of a daily paper in the future.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the staff and management of both Lá Nua and Foinse who have been providing a news service in print to the Irish speaking community over the last number of years.

"The loss of either of those two papers will have a personal impact on their respective staffs, but also on the loyal readerships they have built up over the years.

"Their contribution to the development of the language has been invaluable and I hope that they will continue to be able to make a contribution in the time to come.

"Foras na Gaeilge has announced a tendering process for those interested in providing a weekly newspaper in Irish over the course of the next three years.

"Current providers will be interested in offering a tender for this contract. We look forward to the outcome of that process and wish all the tenders for that contract good luck.

"There is no escaping the fact that there will be disruption in the employment of some. It is our hope that this will be short-lived and that anybody unfortunate to lose their job will find alternative position without undue delay."

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