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Fearon welcomes support for Irish language broadcast fund

18 June, 2014 - by Megan Fearon

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed a commitment from Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín on the Irish Language and Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund. 

Speaking after the Culture Minister pledged to her continuing support for the fund, the Newry and Armagh MLA said; 

"The Irish Language Broadcast Fund provides crucial support to a range of talented groups and individuals. 

"The fund supports the production of excellent television, radio and online broadcasts which promotes the growth and development of Irish throughout the island.

"This financial support allows television companies to take on apprentices and trainees and helps create employment for those involved in the language sector.

"It also showcases our rich cultural heritage to a global audience.

"I asked the Culture Minister for an update on support for the fund. I welcome her response that she personally intervened to secure financial support for the fund for another year until March 2016. 

"Minister Ní Chuilín also said she is committed to the future of the Irish Language and Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund will and continue to engage with all the relevant bodies to ensure longer term funding." 

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