McCorley welcome for new funding through Scéim Phobal Gaeilge
Sinn Féin MLA Rosie McCorley has welcomed the news that Scéim Phobail Gaeilge is to be supported over the next few years.
Ms McCorley said,
“I requested a meeting with the Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, because I was greatly concerned that the new scheme to begin in July 2016 had conditions attached which were detrimental to the work of the existing SPG.
“Scéim Phobail Gaeilge was established in 2005 to allow voluntary committees to appoint Development Officers to enhance the Irish language in their area.
“Language activists who have been involved in the Scéim Phobail Gaeilge since it commenced were equally concerned and so today’s meeting was an opportunity for those issues to be raised by us all directly with the Minister.
“The Minister told us that while it was agreed in the North South Ministerial Council that a revised scheme would be implemented from July 2016, she also was not initially satisfied that the conditions attached met the needs of the sector in the north.
“As a result we have been assured by the Minister that groups will have continued funding to continue their great work and will be eligible to apply for further funding through Foras na Gaeilge.
“I am delighted that this scheme has been agreed and that extra staff will be employed to extend the scheme into new areas.
“This scheme is about empowering Irish language communities and developing the language within those communities.
“The groups will also be eligible to apply for funding through Foras Na Gaeilge for after school projects and other activities.
“I commend the Minister of Culture Carál Ní Chuilín in ensuring that Scéim Phobail Gaeilge organisations will not see a decrease in their funding and that the scheme will be extended.
“I would call on all groups who engage with Scéim Phobail Gaeilge to start preparing their applications for the 1st July when the new tranche of funding becomes available.”