Minister Humphries refuses to address shortcomings in funding for Irish Language sector – Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has hit out at the failure by Arts and Culture Minister Heather Humphries to address the shortcomings in funding for the Irish language and for the Gaeltacht. Liadh Ní Riada lives in the Muscraí Gaeltacht in West Cork and is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education.
“The Irish language community, both within and outside the Gaeltacht, has been shamefully treated by this Government. The Budget announced earlier this month underscored the contempt within Government for our first national language and for the communities that use it on a daily basis.
“I have spoken previously about my fears for the future of the Irish language if we don't act now to promote and protect it. Funding for the Irish language sector has been cut by 90% since the start of the economic crisis. This has a real impact on economic development in Gaeltacht areas and in the ability for citizens to access state services.
“I have repeatedly requested meetings with Minister Humphries to discuss matters relating to our respective briefs, but I have been offered every excuse in the book.
“Our rich cultural heritage, the fate of living communities and the rights of language users are too important to be fobbed off time and time again. I am making a public call to the Minister to meet with me to address these issues.”