Gerry Adams speaks of Irish language support at Newry Slógadh event

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Friday, December 4th, 2015
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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has pointed out the differences in support for the Irish language north and south.
Gerry Adams TD at the Slógadh event in Newry

Gerry Adams TD at the Slógadh event in Newry

The Louth TD was speaking at the Sinn Féin Slógadh event that took place in Newry recently. “The Government has made massive reductions in language funding in recent years. Irish deserves to be nurtured and developed as a vital component of our national cultural identity,” he said. “In the North by contrast, the Líofa programme continues to go from strength-to-strength, with now over 15,000 participants, and Sinn Féin Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has overseen a range of other measures in order to improve engagement with the Irish language, including providing bursaries for children from low income families to attend Gaeltacht courses. “Carál has also recently published a Draft Acht na Gaeilge, which Sinn Féin remain firmly committed to, in spite of opposition from the main parties of Unionism. Adams added, “What Sinn Féin in office have shown is the forward thinking and practical support required from the Government in Dublin so that the Irish language can prosper and reach its potential. They must step up to the plate and deliver on their responsibilities to the Irish language.”

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