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British government warned against diluting Irish language commitments

15 October, 2004

Sinn Fein Culture Spokesperson, East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has warned the British government against diluting commitments to the Irish language after indications that the proposed £12 million 3 year start up budget for the Irish Film and Television Fund is under threat.

Mr Brolly said:

"The establishment of the Irish Film and Television Fund, despite clear commitments from the British government has been dogged by foot dragging and lack of political will.

"Finally in March the British government agreed to a £12 million 3 year start up budget for the fund.

"It is frustrating that there are now indications that the British government is preparing to row back on this commitment by spreading the start up budget over 5 years instead of 3. This in effect will mean that there is a budget cut of some £8 million over the 5-year timeframe.

"Any attempt by the British government to dilute its Irish language commitments will be taken as a clear sign of bad faith.

"Gerry Adams is writing to both governments to spell out clearly the opposition to any further delay or dilution of the British governments commitment to the Irish Film and Television Fund." ENDS

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