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Amendment to Údarás na Gaeltachta legislation seeks to suspend democracy – Doherty

22 June, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has stated that Sinn Féin will oppose the passage of the Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to make an amendment to existing legislation by extending the length of time served by the Údarás na Gaeltachta board from 5 and a half to 7 and a half years.

Describing the Bill as “suspending democracy” Senator Doherty said:

“Sinn Féin will be opposing the passage of this Bill through the Dáil and Seanad. As we have seen by the government’s refusal to hold the by-election in Donegal South West and two other constituencies, this bill is yet another refusal to let the people have their say and is in essence a suspension of democracy.

“Údarás na Gaeltachta is caught in a strangle-hold. Funding has been cut which has been to the detriment of employment in Gaeltacht regions. In such dire economic times it is an imperative that a new board be elected in order to bring a fresh view on how to tackle the challenges that lay ahead for the Gaeltacht.

“The government should not be allowed to suspend democracy at will, as they are doing with the by-elections. I will be opposing this Bill.” ENDS

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