Friday, 16 September 2011
On Carál's Watch?
Next Thursday the Stormont Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will hear a last-ditch plea by Irish-language organisations that they retain the core funding currently accorded them by Foras na Gaeilge. The Language Body's rationalisation plans have previously been criticised for not taking account of the different legislative context in the North. Indeed, by ending the funding given to — and thereby effectively closing — groups such as Ultach Trust, which tackles misunderstanding by promoting Irish on a cross-community basis, and Pobal, which campaigns for legislative protections to be brought into line with those elsewhere, thus removing the language from the political sphere, there is a very real danger that convergence in the way envisaged will never occur.
There is still a chance for the policy to be changed, however, and we can only hope that Committee Members use what influence they have to do so.