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Gerry Adams comments on final publication of Lá Nua

19 December, 2008

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has expressed his sadness at the final edition of Lá Nua but indicated his hopes for a daily Irish Language news service in the future.

Mr Adams said,

"Lá Nua and its predecessors 'Lá' and 'Preas an Phobail' have made significant contributions to the progress made over recent decades of the Irish Language movement here in West Belfast and indeed right across Ireland.

"From humble beginnings they have provided Gaeilgeoirí with an invaluable news service.

"I purchase and read Lá Nua every day and on a personal level will miss its contribution to the community.

"Since the closure of Lá Nua was announced Sinn Féin has lobbied for the provision of a daily printed and electronic news service in Irish. Sinn Fein will continue to press for such a service as quickly as is practical.

"I want to commend everyone involved in Lá Nua, particularly the journalists and staff.

"Go raibh míle maith agaibh uilig agus go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir."

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