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Sinn Féin welcome moves towards new Irish medium newspaper

22 July, 2009 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA and Irish language spokesperson, Francie Brolly, has welcomed the news that Foras na Gaeilge are now advertising for tenders for a new weekly Irish language newspaper.
Speaking today Mr Brolly said:
“I welcome this notice today that Foras na Gaeilge have advertised for tenders for a weekly Irish language newspaper. There has been an Irish language newspaper in existence in one form or another in this country for over 100 years.
“Like most speakers of the language I was sorely disappointed at the recent closure of Foinse. I am hopeful then that whoever gets this contract can deliver a service for all Irish speakers across the island, north and south, Galltacht and Gaeltacht.
“As Gerry Adams said recently I think for the longer term Foras na Gaeilge needs to adopt a strategy which has, as its core objective, the creation of an Irish language news service which must be both in print and online and be equal to the high standards of Nuacht TG4 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
“It must present national and international affairs through our unique prism as Irish speakers.
“I would encourage Foras to enter quickly into discussions with the main Irish language bodies and with other news providers about developing the best and most comprehensive and professional way forward.
“This however will undoubtedly take a longer period. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing this new weekly hopefully on the shelves before the Oireachtas comes to Letterkenny in the autumn.

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