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10th October 2018 | Irish Language, Press Releases

“Gaeltacht Left Out Again by Fine Gael” Say Green Party

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Tá an Comhaontas Glas tar éis easpa ualmhianachta an rialtais i leith pobail na Gaeltachta a cháineadh inniu (9/10/2019) tar éis don rialtas Cáinaisnéis 2019 a fhógairt. Deir Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh, urlabhraí Gaeilge an Chomhaontais Ghlais, “Is cúis díomá é nach bhfuil ach €5 milliún sa bhreis á chur leis an nGaeilge agus an Ghaeltacht agus muid i mBliain na Gaeilge. Níl aon rud ann faoi ghéarchéim tithíochta na Gaeltachta agus níl €1.5 milliún d’Údarás na Gaeltachta i ngaireacht scread asail don mhéad atá ag teastáil chun infrastruchtúr cuí a thógáil sa Ghaeltacht. Ar a laghad cuirfear leis an airgead a chaitear ar na hoileáin, ach is buiséad é seo nach bhfuil in oiriúint do Bhliain na Gaeilge.”

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The Green Party has criticised the lack of ambition shown by Government in supporting Gaeltacht communities in Budget 2019. Irish Language spokesperson Peter Kavanagh said, “This budget, coming in Bliain na Gaeilge, is a huge disappointment. Only €5 million is to be added to Irish language and Gaeltacht expenditure. There’s nothing to alleviate the growing housing crisis in Gaeltacht areas and an additional €1.5 million to Údarás na Gaeltachta doesn’t come close to what’s needed to put a proper infrastructure in place in the Gaeltacht. At least additional support will go to Gaeltacht Islands, but this is a budget that falls short of the aims of Bliain na Gaeilge.”