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Sinn Féin begins election leadership tour of Donegal Gaeltacht areas

5 May, 2007

Bairbre de Brún and Sinn Féin have begun their Gaeltacht leadership tour in advance of the general election on 24th May. Sinn Féin is the only party which will be having such a dedicated Gaeltacht campaign.

Speaking on the hustings, Bairbre de Brún commented:

"I am pleased to be visiting the Donegal Gaeltacht areas on behalf of Sinn Féin. Our party has provided strong leadership in these regions and in the Údáras."

"Over the next few weeks, I shall be visiting Donegal, Meath, Galway, Kerry and Waterford and shall be focusing on the needs of the communities in these areas and also promoting our dedicated and able candidates," said Ms de Brún

"Sinn Féin has always prioritized the Irish language and will continue to do so in government. We supported official and working status for the language in the EU and the enactment of the 2003 Official Languages Act in the Dáil. We are also supporting the current Irish Language Act campaign in the six counties. Our TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh spoke more Irish in the Dáil than any other TD in 2006."

"We shall be launching our Irish language manifesto next week. This will focus on more funding for the language, and the need for a more serious approach to be adopted by the new government toward the Irish language and towards Gaeltacht communities."

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