Campbell hails Irish film funds

Creggan Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell says an increase in funding for Irish language broadcasting is good news for local production companies.

Colr. Campbell was speaking after it was announced that the Irish Language Broadcast Fund will receive additional funding during 2015-16.

“The Irish Language Broadcast Fund was an important development which resulted from Sinn Féin’s negotiations with the British Government,” Colr. Campbell said.

“The Irish language broadcast and media sector has developed remarkably in recent years, providing top-end productions, and good quality employment and training opportunities.

“However, there has always been some longer-term uncertainty over the funding to support the sector. I know that representatives of the sector and the ILBF have met with Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín. Minister Ní Chuilín recently reaffirmed her support for transfer of broadcasting powers to the North, and she is committed to trying to establish more stable funding arrangements for the Irish language broadcast sector.

“The announcement that funding will continue in 2015-16 will come as a welcome boost to the sector, not least those working in the Irish language locally.”