Lo­cal part in Clinic na Gaeilge

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Con­radh na Gaeilge mem­bers from Dun­dalk met with lo­cal Oireach­tas mem­bers to voice their con­cerns around Ir­ish lan­guage and Gaeltacht fund­ing as Clinic Na Gaeilge came to Kil­dare Street in Dublin.

The ten-hour mo­bile clinic at Buswells Ho­tel saw Pól Ó Finn from Dun­dalk sit down with lo­cal TD De­clan Breath­nach to ask for sup­port for Con­radh na Gaeilge’s Ir­ish Lan­guage and Gaeltacht In­vest­ment Plan which could cre­ate over 1,190 new jobs.

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 20 con­stituen­cies across Ire­land trav­elled to the cap­i­tal to meet 83 TDs, Sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in a bid to se­cure fund­ing of €9 mil­lion for the plan in Bud­get 2019.

‘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,’ said Pól.

‘It was good to sit down as Gaeilge with Bren­dan and en­cour­age him to se­cure in­vest­ment in the Ir­ish lan­guage and in the Gaeltacht a pri­or­ity for the Gov­ern­ment in Bud­get 2019.’

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, and would cre­ate over 1,190 new jobs.

‘It will also pro­vide es­sen­tial re­sources towards the lan­guage plan­ning process, and af­ford the pub­lic many op­por­tu­ni­ties across the coun­try to use Ir­ish,’ said Dr Comer.

‘Ir­ish lan­guage and Gaeltacht em­ploy­ment au­thor­i­ties have seen their re­sources slashed by up to 70% since 2007.

‘“It is time to hon­our the Pro­gramme for Gov­ern­ment and in­vest in our Gaeltachts and in our lan­guage.’

The event was held as part of Con­radh na Gaeilge’s #SEAS18 (seisiúin eo­lais agus spreagtha) pre-bud­get cam­paign, which in­volves in­for­ma­tion and progress ses­sions on Ir­ish lan­guage and Gaeltacht af­fairs.

Pól Ó Finn, Dun­dalk (r), Jade Pep­per, Drogheda and De­clan Breath­nach TD FF Louth, at Clinic na Gaeilge 2018 at Buswells Ho­tel, Kil­dare Street. Or­gan­ised by Con­radh na Gaeilge, the 10-hour mo­bile clinic saw mem­bers of the Ir­ish­s­peak­ing com­mu­nity from around the coun­try sit down with their con­stituency TDs.

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