Janet Muller: What does Pobal’s closure say about the state of Irish language provision? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Last week, the committee and staff of Pobal issued a public statement to let people know that, after 21 years, it was being forced to close its doors due to lack of funding. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/janet-muller-what-does-pobals-closure-say-about-the-state-of-irish-language-provision-38007337.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/article38007335.ece/e9856/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-12_opi_49504152_I1.JPG Email Last week, the committee and staff of Pobal issued a public statement to let people know that, after 21 years, it was being forced to close its doors due to lack of funding. During the 1970s, a diverse range of small Irish language groups had grown up in the North to try and meet the needs of the growing Irish-speaking community. Pobal was established in 1998 as an umbrella group to bring a voice to those struggling against all odds to strengthen and protect the language. This was a unique role which no other organisations were fulfilling for small groups in the six counties. Like most – if not all – of its member groups, at the time Pobal had no state funding, surviving on voluntary efforts for two years before finally winning European Peace funds and then being awarded a small grant from the Republic’s Department of Foreign… Read full this story
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