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SF comment on Ulster Council Fleadh decision reversal

25 January, 2012 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Commenting on the decision of the Ulster Council Officer Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann to reverse its decision not to back the bid for the all-Ireland Fleadh to be hosted by Derry city, Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle Martina Anderson said:“As I have previously stated the decision as to where the all-Ireland Fleadh is staged is first and foremost one for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and its members. But the original decision of the Ulster Council Officer Board not to support the Comhaltas Dhoire bid was to say the least a surprise and disappointment. Therefore the decision taken last night to reverse that position is a great relief and most welcome."I was always confident that once in possession of all the facts and details around the Derry bid that the Officer Board would recognise the quality of the case made for the Fleadh to come to our City. I congratulate the Board on its mature refelection and reversal of its decision not to back the bid."Now that all the confusion and concerns have been addressed it is incumbent on everyone and every organisation who has the best interests of Derry and Comhaltas at heart to row in behind the bid in the coming days which will be crucial in the decision making process that hopefully will bring the 2013 Fleadh to Derry.”

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