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Doherty thrown out of Seanad as he demands explanation on end of Irish language newspaper

9 June, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty was this afternoon asked to leave the Seanad Chamber after repeatedly calling for the Taoiseach to explain why he will allow an Irish language newspaper to disappear from the island of Ireland.

Senator Doherty was speaking in relation to the winding down on Foinse this week due to a lack of funding and despite Brian Cowen’s public commitment to the Irish language in his maiden speech as Taoiseach.

He said, “It is an absolute outrage that the only Irish language newspaper left on this island will disappear at the end of the week. We have already seen Lá Nua, the daily Irish language newspaper, disappear.

“This goes to the very heart of the future of the Irish language on this island. The Taoiseach, who proclaims he supports the rejuvenation of the Irish language, must explain how, on his watch, he will allow the second and last Irish language newspaper to disappear from the island of Ireland?” ENDS

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