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Sinn Féin makes historic breakthrough in Údarás na Gaeltachta elections

3 April, 2005


Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has described the election of Gráinne Mhic Géidigh as Sinn Féin's first representative on the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta as an'historic breakthrough' for the party. Mr. McLaughlin is in in Dungloe this afternoon for the election count.

Mr. McLaughlin also congratulated Seán Mac Donnchadh and Colm Ó Ceannabháin who ran for the party in Meath and Galway.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

"The election of Gráinne Mhic Géidigh as Sinn Féin's first representative on the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta is an historic breakthrough for the party. Our strong showing in the three constituencies of Donegal, Galway and Meath shows that support for Sinn Féin in growing and I want to thank all those who voted for our party.

"Sinn Féin stood in this election on our agenda for change in relation to the role of Údarás na Gaeltachta, re-building the peace process and campaigning for Irish re-unification.

" Sinn Féin will use our mandate for change and our priorities on the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta will be job creation, reform of Údarás na Gaeltachta to make it relevant, accountable and democratic and an integrated strategic plan, which would look at all the language needs of the Gaeltachtaí.

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