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01/22/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/22/2017 06:53

Dire need for cultural space for Irish speakers in Dublin city centre – Peadar Tóibín TD

22 January, 2017 - by Peadar Tóibín TD

Sinn Féin said spokesperson on Irish, Peadar Tóibín TD, has said that there is a dire need for a cultural centre for Irish speakers. Deputy Tóibín made his comments in light of recent closure of Club Conradh na Gaeilge which is the only shared space in the city centre for Irish speakers to meet.Speaking today, Deputy Tóibín said:'The recent closure of Club Conradh na Gaeilge, albeit on a temporary basis, has highlighted that there is a dire need for Irish speakers to have a dedicated space in the city centre where they can meet up. Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry city are excellent examples of centres where the Irish language, culture and the arts are promoted.'Apart from the Club Conradh na Gaeilge, which is not accessible to those under 18 as it is a licensed premises, there is nowhere in Dublin that Irish speakers can socialise. The Pop Up Gaeltacht movement, where Gaeilgeoirí gather in a different venue in Dublin City Centre each month, is a brilliant and successful initiative, but this only serves to highlight the demand that exists for Irish language speakers to have a shared civic space.'I cannot understand how the government have not seen fit to provide for such a venue. There are little opportunities for many people to speak Irish when they leave the educational system. A dedicated venue, with a café, theatre and conference room would provide these opportunities for people to talk Irish freely, in a supportive but relaxed environment.

'When one looks at the millions the government has spent on initiatives such as the Galway Art House cinema, it beggars belief that a dedicated, modern cultural space, which is accessible to all is not in existence in our capital city.'

Géarghá le lár-ionad do Ghaeilgeoirí na príomh cathrach - Peadar Tóibín TD

Dúirt urlabhraí Gaeilge Shinn Féin, an Teachta Peadar Tóibín, go raibh géarghá le lár ionad do Ghaeilgeoirí i mBaile Átha Cliath. Rinne an Teachta Tóibín an ráiteas seo in ndiaidh dúnadh do Chlub Conradh na Gaeilge, an t-aon lár ionad a bhí ag Gaeilgeoirí na cathrach.

Dúirt an Teachta Tóibín:

'Le dúnadh sealadach Club an Chonradh, feictear dúinn go bhfuil easpa áiseanna ann do chainnteoirí na cathrach. Ba bhréa lár ionad ar nós Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiach i mBéal Feiriste nó Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin i nDoire a bheith againn chun an Ghaeilge, na healaíona agus ár gcultúr a chur chun cinn.

'Taobh amuigh de Chlub an Chonradh, áit nach ligtear cead isteach dóibh siúd atá faoi 18 de bharr gur teach tábhairne atá ann, níl aon áit inar féidir le Gaeilgeoiri teacht le céile go sóisialta. Leis an rath ar ghluaiseacht an 'Pop Up Gaeltacht' sa chathair, is léir an suim agus an t-éileamh atá ann i lár ionad comónta a bhunú do Ghaeilgeoirí.

'Ní tuigtear dom easpa suime an rialtais in a léithéid de tionscnamh. Is beag deis atá ag lucht labhartha na Gaeilge an teanga a úsáid tar éis dóibh an córas oideachas a fhágáil. Tabharfadh lár ionad dá leithéid, le café, amharclann agus seomra comhdhála, deiseanna do dhaoine Gaeilge a labhairt gan bac.

'Nuair a feictear an méid airigid á chaitheach ar thionscnaimh ar nós an phictiúrlann sainealaíne na Gaillimhe, is cúis náire dúinn nach bhfuil lár ionad don Ghaeilge atá nua-aimseartha agus tarraingteach ar fáil do chác i mBaile Átha Cliath.'