New partnership promotes Irish language and arts
A new partnership between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and daily Irish language newspaper Lá aims to preserve Irish language arts and promote diversity. The Arts Council has approved £27,000 over the next 12 months to enable the not-for-profit paper to publish two supplements per week on the arts. ‘Despite pressures created by the widespread use of the English language, Irish continues to flourish as a spoken and literary language,' stated Robbie Meredith, Literary and Language Arts Officer for the Arts Council. 'By providing funds and encouraging development, the Arts Council is determined to play its part in ensuring that language arts in Irish maintains its place in our cultural life.' Lá editor Ciarán Ó Pronntaigh also welcomed the investment, explaining that the paper's success depends on ‘forging links with those who understand the importance of Irish in a diverse society. With this help from the Arts Council, we will be able to ensure that our coverage of the arts is expanded and strengthened.’ The partnership was formally launched today in Belfast. For further information, CLICK HERE.