10th February 2003
Gerry Adams announces details of Slógadh Shinn Fein
`It is time to give the Irish language back to the people'
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP this morning announced details of the party's Irish language conference "Slógadh Shinn Fein' which will take place in South Armagh between 21st and 23rd February. Speaking at today's launch Mr. Adams said that Sinn Fein has made the question of the Irish language a central concern in the talks currently ongoing between his party and the British Government and said the party is committed to putting the language back in the mouths of the people.'
Mr Adams said:
"Behind the arguments about funding, rights, resources and equality for the Irish language and the Irish speaking community, there is a fundamental fact that we must never lose sight of: the Irish language belongs to the People of Ireland, all the people of Ireland irrespective of class or creed or background and what must be done is to give the language back to the people of Ireland .Our priority is to give the Irish people the opportunity to take back their own language, to put the language back in the mouths of the people."
Details of Slógadh Shinn Fein 2003
The annual Sinn Fein Slógadh gives an opportunity to Sinn Fein activists and Irish language enthusiasts from outside the party to debate in Irish issues pertaining to the Irish language as well as general political issues. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams will officially open the Slógadh and among the guest speakers this year will be Trevor Ó Clochartaigh director of the popular TG4 soap series "Ros na Rún" and Máire Ní Anracháin senior lecturer in New Irish at Maynooth University.
Delegates and guests will discuss and debate various topics including Ireland one hundred years after the 1916 rising under the title "Ireland in 2016,without a border, without a language?" There will also be discussions on the issue of policing with speakers from Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the media.
To allow for cooling off between the periods of hot debate a number of outdoor activities including sporting events and archeological explorations have been arranged for the weekend.
The Slógadh is open to all those who wish to attend.
Further details available from Sinn Fein Ard Oifig at
Slógadh Shinn Fein, Ionad Sliabh na gCuilinn, Ard Mhacha. Feabhra 21 - 23
Clár na nImeachtaí
6.00/7.30 Clárú Oifigiúil
8.0 Tús an tSlógaidh
8.30 - 9.30 Díospóireacht ar Phóilínteacht. Aoi chainteoirí: Comhairleoir Shinn Fein, Breandán Ó Luais Iriseoir Lá - Marcus Ó Ruairí Óg Chainteoir ón Trá Ghearr, Béal Feirste; Cainteoir Ón SDLP - Dominic Bradley
9.30 - 12.00 Ceol agus Scéalaí ón gceantar
8.00 - 9.30 Bricfeásta
10.0 Taispeántas Iománaíochta ag Cumann Lúthchleas Gaeil
11.0 An Poc Fada. Fáilte roimh chách bheith páirteach .Tóg Bróga Troma leat !
12.00 i.n. Oscailte Oifigiúil an tSlógaidh le Uachtarán Shinn Fein, Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh
1.00 - 2.00 Lón
2.00 - 4.00 Turas - Cuairt as Sheandálaíocht na h-áite
5.30 - 6.30 Dinnéar
7.30 - 9.30 Mór Dhíospóireacht an tSlógaidh: Éire sa bhliain 2016 - gan teorann, gan teanga ?". Aoi chainteoirí: Trevor Ó Clochartaigh - Léiritheoir Sraithe Ros na Rún; Máire Ní Anracháin - Léachtóir Sinsearach, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Maigh Nuad; Gearóid Ó hEadhra - Comhairleoir Shinn Fein agus Ionadaí ar Fhoras an Gaeilge; Éamonn Ó Gribín - Cathaoirleach Choiste na Gaeilge, An t-Iúr agus Mhúr
9.30 Bronnadh Gradam na Poblachta, Céilidhe
8.30 - 10.00 Bricfeásta
11.00 Uaigh Réamoinn Uí Chrois
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