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Language funding should address need - McCorley

9 June, 2015 - by Rosie McCorley

Sinn Féin MLA Rosie McCorley has said Irish language funding should address need rather than geographical concerns. 

Speaking ahead of a meeting of the board of Foras na Gaeilge, the Irish language spokesperson said; 

"Foras na Gaeilge recently carried out a consultation on proposals for a major review of Scéim Phobail Gaeilge, the funding scheme for small groups. 

"One of their proposals includes plans to introduce geographical criteria in the funding process rather than basing applications solely on need. 

"All applications must be based on need, not simply on geographical spread. 

"The Irish language has grown tremendously in the North in recent years as the fact that more than 12,000 people have signed up the Liofa strategy pioneered by Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín. 

"Tomorrow's meeting must address concerns of many within the Irish language community, particularly in the North, over the proposal to move to geographical criteria." 

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