Thursday, 1 May 2008

An Ceathrú Gaeltachta

…de 4NI:

Groundbreaking plans to drive forward the regeneration of Belfast through the establishment of An Ceathrú Gaeltachta – a dedicated 'Gaeltacht' quarter - are centre stage today (Thursday) as Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams addresses a national regeneration conference.

Speaking in Birmingham, at the Locality and Language Conference, Mr Adams outlined innovative proposals which could see one square mile around the city's Falls Road area transformed into a hub for traditional Irish language, culture and business, in line with recommendations in the 'Dutton Report'.

Written by Clive Dutton, Birmingham City Council Director of Regeneration - who will also deliver a keynote speech at the conference - the Dutton Report was commissioned in 2003 and builds upon recommendations by the Joint West Belfast and Greater Shankill Taskforce.

As well as promoting the establishment of Irish language, arts, cultural and educational projects, Dutton's proposals seek to fuel an economic and tourism boom, while regenerating neighbourhoods which are home to more than 20,000 people.

Gerry Adams said: "An Ceathrú Gaeltachta is an innovative proposal which builds upon the enthusiasm of the
Irish speaking community in west Belfast..."

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