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Opposition to cuts for community based Irish language groups

17 April, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


D’iarr an Seanadóir Pearse Doherty ar Foras na Gaeilge, atá ag bualadh inniu, gan gearradh siar a dhéanamh ar deontais grúpaí Gaeilge áitiúla. Bhí sé ag díriú ar an Rialtais gan gearradh siar a dhéanamh ar bhuiséad an institiúd tras-teorann a bunaíodh i ndiaidh Comhaontú Aoine an Céasta.

Cuir an Seanadóir i gcuimhne don Rialtais go bhfuil an Fhoras ag obair cheanna féin le níos lú airgead ná mar a ba chomhar di.

“Is léir go bhfuil achan duine ag fulaingt mar gheall ar cúrsaí eacnamaíochta ach tá ar an Rialtais deontais Fhoras na Gaeilge a chinntiú ar mhaithe leis na tionscadal a thácaíonn siad leis fud fad na tire.

Ó bhunaíodh Foras na Gaeilge níl go leor baill foirne bainte amach aici fiú, níl seo mar go leor.

Beidh droch tionchar ollmhór ar gearradh ar bith ar cur i bhfeidhm aidhmeanna an Rialtais faoin Phlean 2028.

Ba chóir don Rialtais buiséad an Fhoras agus trí sin grúpaí áitiúla Gaelach a chosaint!” CRÍOCH

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called on Foras na Gaeilge which is meeting today not to impose cuts on community-based Irish language groups. He reiterated a call on the government not to cut funding for the cross-border institution set up under the Good Friday Agreement, Foras na Gaeilge.

And the Donegal-based Senator reminded the government that the cross border language body is already operating below the capacity that was envisaged for it.

“While I accept that both the public sector and the private sector are both suffering from the restraints arising from global economic difficulties. I am calling for the government to ring-fence the funding that Foras na Gaeilge receives as it is already below what is required to fund community-based Irish language projects and organsations. On account of the financial limitations it has had, many worthwhile projects have since gone unfunded.

“Since it was established, Foras na Gaeilge has never been allowed to attain its full quota of staff. It is currently some 20 staff short of the 65 envisaged to ensure its efficient and effective operation.

“Any cutbacks to the body will severely undermine the state’s ability to deliver its hopes for the Irish language under the 2028 plan and will lead to jobs losses in the Foras-funded Irish language organisations delivering community Irish language projects (a wide range at national and community level, within education, business and tourism sectors), which are already struggling with funding shortfalls.

“Still a relatively young body, I want Foras na Gaeilge and therefore Irish language organisations to be protected from the cutbacks as further restraints on it will severely undermine its ability to deliver to the Irish speaking community.”

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