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Sinn Féin welcomes focus on all-Ireland approach to Irish Language

27 May, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane


Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane, has stated following the North South Ministerial Council, which saw the discussion of Irish Language funding that any proposed changes to the way in which funding is administered will be carefully monitored in their delivery but ultimately are designed to facilitate the growth of the language on an all Ireland basis.


Speaking today Ms Ruane said:


“I welcome the fact that Foras na Gaelige, as an all Ireland administrative body, is focusing its attention to the advancement in delivery of funding mechanisms across the island to see a streamlining of the approach taken in terms of building links between Irish language groups whether they be in Cork, Donegal, Belfast or Wexford.


“This process is about inclusion for all groups within this sector and a more joined up approach to the development of the language in all spheres from education, community, the arts, broadcasting and all other sectors that play an active and constructive role in sustaining and building upon Irish as a vibrant and living language of the 21st century.


“The positive effect of course is what matters. We therefore need to monitor the changes set out, the methods by which they are rolled out and the delivery mechanisms, to ensure best value and benefit for the use and promotion of the Irish language both in terms of funding and support.


“In this context the new situation holds the potential to see a truly all-Ireland approach which is endorsed and built upon so as to maximise the expansion of Irish in the coming years.”

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