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Calls for investment in Gaeltacht areas

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:58pm

A native of Cork's Gaeltacht area was among those who availed of Clinic na Gaeilge at Kildare Street in Dublin last week.

Máirtín Ó Mealóid of Comharchumann Chléire Teo visited the ten-hour mobile clinic outside Buswells Hotel, across the road from Leinster House, which allowed members of Irish-speaking communities to meet with local representatives to voice concerns around the language and Gaeltacht funding.

Mr Ó Mealóid from the Cape Clear co-operative, which provides numerous services on the island, including administering the island centre, was one from the local representatives from 27 constituencies to meet 87 TDs and Senators in a bid to secure funding of €5.3m for an Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan.

He met Fianna Fáil TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and believed that the exercise had been worthwhile. “Clinic na Gaeilge brings the voice of the Irish-speaking community to the seat of power, where they can air the local issues that matter to them most,” he said.

“It was good to sit down as Gaeilge with Margaret and encourage her to make investment in the Irish language and in the Gaeltacht a priority for the Government.”

Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, said that the Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan has been agreed by 87 Irish language and Gaeltacht groups.

“It will provide essential resources towards the language planning process, and afford the public many opportunities across the country to use Irish,” he said. “Irish language and Gaeltacht employment authorities have seen their resources slashed by up to 70 per cent since 2007. It is time to honour the Programme for Government and invest in our Gaeltachts and in our language.”

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