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Ni Chuilín participates in first Irish language broadcast at Stormont.

14 March, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has taken part in the first ever live Irish language broadcast from Stormont.

Raidió Fáilte is a community radio station which broadcasts daily in Irish throughout Belfast and across the internet from its studios in Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter. This is the first time Raidió Fáilte have held an outside broadcast in Parliament Buildings and it coincides with the annual Seachtain na Gaeilge festival which encourages Irish speakers across the globe to make use of their knowledge of Irish.

Speaking from the Long Gallery where the Minister was interviewed by award winning journalist and presenter Eoghan Ó Neill during the two hour long broadcast Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Even though Irish is spoken by some assembly members on a regular basis in the Assembly chamber, to have Raidió Fáilte broadcasting live this morning from Parliament Buildings is an historic day for the North’s Irish language community.

“I want to broaden the appeal of the Irish language, which is why I established the ‘Líofa 2015’ initiative in September. Líofa is about encouraging fluency in the Irish language and I am heartened by the response so far with over 1600 people from across the North signing up.

“The Irish language is a key part of defining who we are. It is one of the oldest written languages in the world. It is part of the fabric of our society which we see in the place-names around us. Learning Irish can also bring health, education and economic benefits to our society and I am determined to play my part in ensuring that the Irish language is something which can be shared and enjoyed by people of all backgrounds and traditions.”

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