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7-year delay in Irish TV funds hitting the ground unacceptable

1 July, 2004

Sinn Fein Culture Spokesperson, East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has criticised the delay in getting the resources from the proposed £12 million fund for Irish language television and radio programming into use.

Mr Brolly said:

"The commitment to put in place resources for Irish language programming was made in 1998. Now it appears that it will be 2005 at the earliest before this money hits the ground.

"The delay is a result of foot dragging and wilful incompetence. IT is unacceptable.

"A greater urgency is required to ensure that the target of providing the target of 90 hours per week of Irish language programming to an audience of 25,000 minimum is met." ENDS

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