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Sinn Féin anger at proposed an Foras budget

3 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Irish Language spokesperson, East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has said that the proposed budget for the Irish Language all-Ireland implementation body Foras na Gaeilge will inevitably lead to a de facto cut in the organisation's spending power.

Mr Brolly said:

"This weekend Irish Language organisations from across the island will gather in Cork for the culmination of events at Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2005.

"Friday's meeting of Foras na Gaeilge in Cork, held to coincide with the Oireachtas, provides an opportunity to focus attention in the Irish Language sector on the fact that the proposed budget for an Foras from the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure will inevitably lead to a de facto cut in the spending power of an Foras.

"This is unacceptable and flies in the face of the demonstrable need in the sector.

"Increased spend is required if an Foras is to sustain development. Sinn Féin will be seeking an early meeting with Minister David Hanson to press for an urgent review of the proposals from DCAL." ENDS

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