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Council refusal ‘disrespectful to Irish culture’ - Sinn Féin

20 October, 2017 - by Ciarán Beattie

A refusal to support Féile an Phobail, shows that some within political unionism are still intent on disrespecting the Irish language and culture, Sinn Féin Belfast City Councillor Ciaran Beattie has said.

Councillor Beattie was speaking following a Council decision to reject a proposal to assist with Féile an Phobail’s 30thanniversary event next summer.

“Féile an Phobail made a request to the Council to fund a proportion of the up-front costs of the 30th anniversary events in August 2018.

“There was no risk to the Council as the up-front costs would be recouped from ticket sales and the Féile Committee had even committed to taking out insurance in case ticket sales did not match expectations.

“Despite these assurances, the proposal was rejected after it was opposed by unionist parties.

“Unfortunately, this once again demonstrates the disrespect for Irish culture, language and identity that we have come to expect from elements within political unionism.

“We are one week away from submitting our bid to be the European Capital of Culture, sadly today’s decision would show that there are still those that want us to be a city of some culture but not all culture."

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