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Removal of print news service for Irish language, Foinse, “scandalous”

26 June, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Piaras Ó Dochartaigh  has stated that: " As the first official language, it is scandalous that Irish speakers will now have no news service in print." 

Senator Ó Dochartaigh was speaking after the owner of the newspaper announced to staff that the paper is to cease publication and that this week’s edition would be the last. Foinse had been funded by Foras na Gaeilge and had recently won a contract to continue publication for a further four years.

Senator Ó Dochartaigh said

“As the first official language it is scandalous that Irish speakers will now have no news service in print. The government must now intervene and has to ensure that there will be a weekly newspaper in Irish. For such a situation to have been allowed to develop poses serious questions over its commitment to the Irish language.

 “For the employees of Foinse this is a personal tragedy. They will lose their jobs at a time when it is difficult to find work. I would like to pay tribute to their contribution to the Irish language media over the course of the newspaper’s life-time.

“I would also like to express my disappointment that the owners of  Foinse did not continue with negotiations to explore all options for Foinse to survive.

“I understand that Foras na Gaeilge now intends as a matter of priority to offer for public tender the contract to provide a weekly newspaper in Irish.

“The Sinn Féin members of Foras na Gaeilge will be supporting this move and will push to have it expedited as quickly as possible,” he said.

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