Support for a new Irish-language strategy amongst MLAs
Alt ón Irish News 17/10/2016
Thirty-one MLAs met with representatives from Conradh na Gaeilge and local constituents at an Irish language campaign day #SEAS16 at the Stormont Hotel last week.
MLAs from five Parties were in attendance, from Alliance Party, People Before Profit, SDLP, Sinn Féin, and UUP.
Conradh na Gaeilge is calling on MLAs to reverse the detrimental cuts to the Irish-language sector in recent years, and to approve funding for an investment plan proposed by over 80 Irish-language groups
The new Irish-language Strategy was also on the agenda for the meetings, as was the importance of the development of Irish Medium Education, alongside discussions on local Irish-language initiatives and projects.
Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge says that over 123 jobs could be created if the investment plan was to be fully implemented, starting with £510,300 in 2017.
This plan has been agreed by more than 80 Irish-language groups, and already enjoys the support of 45 MLAs.
The plan also aligns with the Executive’s longstanding commitments regarding the development and promotion of the Irish-language.