Dáil debates

Tuesday, 19 April 2005

3:00 pm

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)

Cad é an scéal anois maidir le stádas na Gaeilge san Aontas Eorpach? An féidir leis an Taoiseach a rá don Teach cén dul chun cinn atá déanta? Where is the Government in pursuing its project for the recognition of the Irish language as both an official and working language of the EU? Was this matter addressed during the March meeting?

My colleague, the Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún, met the Commissioner for regional development, Danuta Hubner, yesterday. Among other issues, she raised the case for a PEACE III programme of funding for the Six Counties and the Border counties after 2006. Are the Taoiseach, his Government and his representatives at EU level actively pursuing a new PEACE III programme for the period after 2006? We all welcomed the extension of PEACE II until that time, but there is no information for the period after.


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