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Sinn Féin look forward to working with new Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive

21 July, 2006


Commenting after the appointment of Ferdie Mac An Fhailagh as the new Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge to replace Seomamh Mac Donncha, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Irish Language issues Francie Brolly said:

“I would wish to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Seomamh MacDonncha during his time as Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge and I welcome the appointment of Ferdie Mac an Fhailligh as his successor.

“Foras na Gaeilge was established six years ago. They have done a very good job in that time but there remains much work to be done.

“Sinn Féin would like to see Foras na Gaeilge’s Community Development Plan implemented as soon as possible. When Foras na Gaeilge came into being we had an energetic active vision of how we viewed its development based upon the recommendations of the Good Friday Agreement and the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages. We have a some distance yet to go before we see that vision become a reality.

“Sinn Féin is looking forward to working closely and in a positive way with Ferdie Mac an Fhailligh to achieve that.” ENDS

Dúirt Francie Brolly, úrlabhraí Shinn Féin ar chúrsaí Gaeilge sna Sé Chontae inniu, ag tagairt dó ar imeacht Sheosaimh Mac Donncha agus ceapacháin Ferdí Mac An Fhailligh mar Phríomh-fheidhmeanach Foras na Gaeilge:

“Ba mhaith le Sinn Féin buíochas mór a tabhairt do Seosamh MacDonncha as an sárobair atá deanta aige agus fáilte críoúil a chur roimh Ferdie Mac An Fhailagh as an phost úr a fháil mar phríomh fheidmeineach le Foras na Gaeilge.

Tá Foras na Gaeilge ar an saol anois le sé bhliain. Tá obair den scoith déanta sa treimhse sin ach go fóill, tá a lán eile le deánamh. Ba mhaith le Sinn Féin Plean Forbartha Phobail an Fhorais bheith curtha i bhfeidhm. Nuair a chéad tháinig Foras na Gaeilge i réim bhí fís beo bríomhar againn bunaithe ar Chomhaontú Aoine a’ Chéasta is an Cairt Eorpach.

“Tá go leor le taistil againn go foíll chun an chuspóir sin a bhaint amach. Tá Sinn Féin ag súil go mór le comhoibriú dlúth, déarfach le Ferdie, agus foireann s’aige chun an sprioc sin a bhaint amach”

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