Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Irlandalingva Ĵurnalo Fermiĝas

…de la Belfast Telegraph:

Northern Ireland's only Irish language daily newspaper is to close with the loss of eight jobs, it was announced today.

West Belfast-based La Nua (New Day) will shut at the end of the year after more than two decades in production because official funding has been withdrawn, its managing director said.

Mairtin O Muilleoir added that a proposal to provide a service online at reduced cost had been rejected by all-Ireland sponsoring body Foras na Gaeilge.

Foras said there were not enough readers and sales figures were not high enough.

Mr O Muilleoir said: "At a time when a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) Quarter is taking shape in west Belfast, the decision to stop publishing a daily newspaper is counterintuitive and unwise."

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