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Minister welcomes planning application for Raidió Fáilte project

19 February, 2016 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the submission of a planning application for a new Irish language facility in Belfast.

Raidió Fáilte has lodged the application for a new build broadcast, recording, training and Irish language archive centre.

The project, entitled ‘Líonra Uladh,’ will provide modern facilities for Raidió Fáilte and enhanced community training opportunities.

Líonra Uladh will build on the inclusive outreach and equal opportunity programmes already promoted by Raidió Fáilte and will seek to involve positive interaction with local communities.

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is providing £460,000 towards the project which will offer enhanced facilities for visitors and space for nurturing and developing Irish language-based creative and cultural opportunities. 

Speaking about the planned development, the Minister said:

“This is an excellent day for the Irish language in Belfast. When completed, this new centre will greatly help Raidió Fáilte to further establish and develop an Irish language facility that will also act as a cultural hub for the entire local community and a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.

“Learning and everyday usage of Irish is on the increase right across Ireland and nowhere more so than in Belfast’s own Gaeltacht Quarter. The addition of a new centre for Raidió Fáilte will help the organisation to inspire and empower a new generation of young Gaelgoirs and offer encouragement to them to truly live their lives through the medium of Irish.

“I am very pleased that my Department is funding this worthwhile venture in the amount of £460,000 and my thanks go to co-funders Belfast City Council and Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge, along with the Housing Executive and the Department for Regional Development who are providing the land through community asset transfers. I welcome the broader community benefits of the project and particularly commend the proposals to incorporate culture based enterprises in the complex. I look forward to seeing the project coming to fruition.”

An ongoing consultation process is designed to ensure maximum support for the project that will compliment the work of other organisations locally.

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