Monday, 18 February 2008

La Nacia Sindikato de Ĵurnalistoj kaj Lá Nua

Foras na Gaeilge the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language on the island of Ireland has assured the National Union of Journalists that there is no threat to the current funding of the daily Irish language newspaper Lá Nua.

The assurance has been welcomed by Séamus Dooley, the Irish Secretary of the NUJ, but the union remains concerned about the long-term survival of the newspaper. Meanwhile Foras na Gaeilge has contested claims that funding has been under threat...

…Reacting to this clarification Séamus Dooley said: “There remains serious issues about the long-term viability of Lá Nua. The NUJ will be seeking clarification from the publishers of Lá Nua about their plans. While Foras na Gaeilge has clarified the contractual position regarding short-term funding there are clearly long-term issues which need to be addressed.

“Our primary concern is the preservation of employment and the long-term future of the only daily Irish language newspaper on the island of Ireland. While it is appreciated that Foras na Gaeilge funding for the current year is not under threat a more long-term approach to the funding structure of Lá Nua is clearly needed.”

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