Sinn Féin proposes greater investment to Irish and the Gaeltacht – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Irish, Peadar Tóíbín TD, has outlined the investments that Sinn Féin would make into preserving and strengthening Irish and the Gaeltacht regions.
Speaking today following the launch of Sinn Féin’s fully costed alternative budget, Teachta Tóibín said:
“We have witnessed shocking cuts in funding to bodies supporting the promotion and preservation of the Irish language. Indeed, capital investment in the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands was slashed by 89% from the year 2008-2014.
“The situation has not improved. Last year, despite an overall increase of 12% in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s budget for 2016, over a million euro was cut from the capital funding of Údarás na Gaeltachta for example.
“Foras na Gaeilge’s funding was also cut substantially in spite despite the broadening of responsibility that these bodies have for the implementation of The 20 Year Strategy, and The Gaeltacht Act 2012 among other duties. This shows the lack of regard governments actually have for the success of these strategies and the preservation of the Irish language.
“Our alternative budget will substantially increase funding for Foras na Gaeilge and Údarás na Gaeilge by €7.58 million and €5 million respectively. We are also committing €1.5 million to implement the Gaeltacht language planning component of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. We also wish to provide tax credits for families sending children to the Gaeltacht to study at a cost of €4.5 million.
“We understand that in order to allow Irish to survive and thrive, key investments must be made to mitigate the destruction of government policy in years past. Sinn Féin are resolute in our dedication to support and strengthen the Irish language.”