Irish Language Funding and Structures must be protected - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has expressed his support for the Irish language organisation Pobal and his concern at the threat to Irish language organisations and projects arising as a result of threatened budget cuts to public services by the Irish government.
Mr. Adams said:
“Sinn Fein fundamentally disagrees with the strategies being adopted by the Irish government to tackle the economic crisis. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the threatened destruction of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and in the proposed budget cutbacks, both proposals emerging out of the McCarthy report.
The Irish government is currently reviewing its funding to the main Irish language organisations across the island.
I have invited many of these organisations to a meeting in Stormont on September 15th to discuss this serious situation.
Recently I met the Chief Executive and committee members of Pobal to discuss the role and development of the organisation in the current economic climate and in light of negative statements from the Irish government.
Pobal has proven to be a significant and effective body in respect of improving co-operation and co-ordination among Irish language organisations across the island, as well as working closely with local communities.
Any dilution of Pobal’s funding or role would be to the disadvantage of the Irish language community and would give encouragement to those elements, particularly in the north who have sought to destroy the Irish language and culture.
I have written to the Minister, Éamon Ó Cuív, for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the Irish government and expressed my support for Pobal.” CRÍOCH