[Sinn Fein]

12th June 2003

Welcome victory in restoration of funding to Irish language body

Sinn Fein Ard Chomhairle member Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the news that the Irish government is to restore funding to Foras na Gaeilge, the All Ireland Irish language body established under the Good Friday Agreement.

Bairbre de Brún said:

"From the moment that cuts were made to the funding to the of Foras na Gaeilge, Sinn Fein has fought to have the funding restored. We have raised the issue at every possible opportunity, and pressed for restoration of the Foras funding during the recent talks process.

"We welcome this news and congratulate all those Irish language organisations who have campaigned for this over recent months. This is a matter of basic rights for Irish speakers."

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