Sinn Féin Irish Language spokesperson Councillor Kevin Campbell has welcomed news that Foras na Gaeilge has made a decision to provide a three-year funding opportunity to to Gaeláras Uí Chanáin in Derry City and Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich from January 2018 onwards.
“The decision by Foras na Gaeilge to provide a three-year funding opportunity to Gaeláras Uí Chanáin in Derry City and Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich from January 2018 onwards is to be welcomed.
“This decision comes after a consultation process between April and June 2017 which sought views on the best way to provide funding for Irish language centres throughout the island.
“In reality, the appropriate amount of funding is not being invested in Foras na Gaeilge. There is a huge responsibility on the governments to address the issue of the Foras budget, fairly and progressively.
“Cultúrlanna and Irish language centres play an important role in the development of the Irish language and culture it is important that proper finance is be made available.
“An Irish Language Act needs to be implemented to afford Irish speakers the same language rights and protections in the north, that they have in the rest of Ireland, in Scotland and in Wales.
“Acht Gaeilge is an issue of respect, an issue of recognition and an issue of rights.”