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20th Sinn Féin Slogadh To Open In Belfast This Evening

28 July, 2006

The annual Sinn Féin Slogadh opens this evening in West Belfast. The Slogadh was first organised 20 years ago by Sinn Féin to give Irish Language speakers and activists within the party an opportunity to debate and discuss relevant issues, and to establish friendships with people living in Gaeltacht areas.

In the past the Slogadh has traditionally taken place in Gaeltacht areas. This year a decision was taken to hold the Slogadh in Belfast in recognition of the work currently being undertaken to develop an urban Gaeltacht in the city and also in recognition of the way in which the Hunger Strikers and the wider prison population in the H-Blocks and Armagh learned the language and used it in their everyday lives within the gaols.

This year also representatives of outside bodies and other political parties will attend some of the debates and discussions.

Friday 28th July

7pm - Mural unveiling by Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre deBrún opposite the Culturlann.

7.30pm - 9pm - Discussion on the theme of ŒWomen in Struggle‚ and the impact of the Irish Language on the Freedom Struggle in Ireland will follow. Contributions will be made by Sinn Fein TD Aengus O‚Snodaigh, former party General Secretary Lucilita Bhreatnach and former POW Jake Jackson.

Saturday 29th July

2.30pm - 3.45pm - Rodaí Mhic Chorlaí Club Glen Road - Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams will deliver a speech on the recent party initiative to make Irish the working language of the party over the next 10 years.

4pm - 4.30pm - Sinn Féin Representative on Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gráinne Mhic Géidigh will launch the party policy document on Gaeltacht areas.

7.30pm - 8.30pm - A discussion on Language Rights will take place in An Droichead, Cooke Street off the Lower Ormeau. This discussion will involve contributions from Bairbre deBrún (Sinn Fein), Dominic Bradely (SDLP) and Marcas MacRuairí from Póbal

Sunday 30th July

A bus tour of Belfast murals and other sites of political interest will take place in the morning before the Slogadh closes in the Cultúrlann at 1.15pm

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