Sinn Féin members attend ‘Liofa’ launch

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA’s Caitriona Ruane and Chris Hazzard accompanied by local Sinn Féin councillors attended the ‘Liofa’ launch on Thursday night.  Speaking about the ‘Liofa’ launch Ms Ruane said, “The local launch of the  ‘Liofa’ campaign by Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín highlighted the enthusiasm for the Irish culture in the South Down area. Over 100 people turned up to hear the Minister outline her Department’s vision for the Irish language in the years ahead. Liofa, which is Irish for fluent, is an initiative launched to encourage people to learn and become proficient in the use of the Irish language.” Chris Hazzard added, “The revival of the Irish language has sped up in recent years and I would like to thank the Comhaltas and Glór Uachtar Tíre for their dedication to ensuring that the Irish culture is thriving in South Down. The Liofa initiative is a commitment to sign up to Irish classes over a four year period to learn the language with a view to becoming fluent over that period. Learning the language while challenging can be great fun and I would recommend anyone to sign up through the DCAL website and begin learning now.” Hazzard also highlighted that, “Classes are also provided locally by Comhaltas and Glór Uachtar Tíre so people should contact these groups and see the variety of classes they provide.”
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