23 October 2008 Edition

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Adams expresses support for daily Irish language paper

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA expressed his support for a daily Irish newspaper and his support for those who would wish to provide this service to the Irish language community.
The Sinn Féin President also urged Foras na Gaeilge to continue to plan ahead in a strategic all-island basis.
Speaking on Wednesday Gerry Adams said:
“There is a very clear need for a daily Irish Language newspaper. Obviously this has to be sustainable. Sinn Féin will support those who wish to provide this service to the Irish language community.
Lá has been the flagship. It is the only daily Irish language publication and everyone involved with it is to be commended. The closure of Lá Nua would be a step backwards. It appears we will no longer have a daily paper in Irish. This is the wrong message at the present time.
Foras na Gaeilge was established under the Good Friday Agreement to promote Irish on an all-Ireland basis. This gave a new impetus to the myriad strands of the language revival. However if Foras is to be relevant to this revival it has to continue to plan ahead in a strategic all-island basis.
It needs to be a dynamic and representative body giving voice to the grassroots and keeping the Irish and British Governments and the Executive to their pledges on Irish.
It is of key importance that we all have confidence in Foras na Gaeilge.”

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