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O hEára welcomes launch of Irish-medium youth work report

13 November, 2014

Sinn Féin Spokesperson and Irish Language enthusiast Gearóid O hEára has welcomed the launch by Education Minister John O Dowd of a report on youth work delivered through the medium of the Irish Language.

Gearóid O hEára said:

"This is a welcome and important development in recognising the growing numbers of young people being educated through the medium of Irish and the need to cater for them through post primary stage.

"The recommendations in the report when implemented will offer opportunities for young people to develop their skills and continue education and training all through the medium of Irish.

"As someone who has been involved for many years developing youth programmes encouraging young people to participate in language, arts and culture through the Irish language I have no doubt that the opportunity to develop other skills through the medium their native language will be enthusiastically embraced by Gaeilgeoirí Óga.

"I also welcome the allocation by the Minister of an additional £130,000 to 'encourage and support informal opportunities for learning in Irish'."

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