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Axing of Irish language youth club funding worse than Líofa decision - Ó Muilleoir

2 April, 2017 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has described the Education Authority axing of funding to Irish language medium youth clubs across Belfast as “worse than the Líofa decision”.

He said: 

“The Education Authority removal of previous ministerial funding to the Irish medium sector via Glór na Móna effectively ends hard-won provision across five youth clubs in Belfast, and results in the loss of four posts and 64 hours of activities. This burgeoning sector was traditionally under-provided for by the mainstream education authorities and this decision sets back the gains of recent years.

“Under DUP ministers, the Irish language was used as a punch bag. That approach cannot be tolerated. This decision represents the most serious assault on the Irish medium sector since the Líofa decision and is in direct breach of the Good Friday Agreement pledge for 'resolute action' to promote the Irish language and abdicates the statutory duty in the Agreement for the Department of Education 'to encourage and facilitate Irish medium education’.

“I am seeking a meeting with the CEO of the Education Authority to demand this decision is reversed and am calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to stand up to this assault on the Good Friday Agreement." 

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