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"Adams welcomes release of Task Force funding for An Chultúrlann"

3 March, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision by the Executive to release £1/2m investment in An Chultúrlann, a flagship for An Ceathrú Gaeltachta, the Gaeltacht Quarter. The west Belfast MP revealed that with the help of the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, half a million pounds has now been cleared by the DCAL Minister.

"It was under the West Belfast and Greater Shankill Task Force that An Chultúrlann was first proposed as a flagship project for the Gaeltacht Quarter.

"For six years, An Chultúrlann has been battling to get the money to push forward this exciting project. Alongside community leaders who have been spearheading the West Belfast and Shankill Task Force agenda, An Chultúrlann has kept campaigning for the investment promised to be delivered."

"I have had intensive communication with the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

With the help of Martin McGuinness' office, we have finally secured from Minister McCausland a commitment to release the funding promised to An Chultúrlann. This will not only be an important injection of investment for An Chultúrlann, which is already the heartbeat of An Ceathrú Gaeltachta. This is also evidence of local delivery of the kind which Sinn Féin has been demanding and which will help to turn the ambition of the Gaeltacht Quarter into a reality."

Note to editor:
The West Belfast and greater Shankill task Force report was published in 2002.
The Task Force was incorporated into the Programme for Government 2008-2011.
An Chultúrlann is an Irish language and cultural centre in the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter and was selected by the Task Force as one of 18 projects, which were committed a total of £21m from the Office of the First and deputy First Minister, through the Integrated Development Fund.
A total of £1.7m has been raised for the investment package at An Chultúrlann, of which £500k has been committed from the IDF funding, through the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL)

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