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Irish Times, Thursday, July 19, 2012 - http://tinyurl.com/bq7qf2a
by Marie O'Halloran and Michael O'Regan
All Opposition TDs walked out of the Dail this morning in protest at the Gaeltacht Bill.
The Bill abolishes elections for Udaras na Gaeltachta, the local authority that represents Irish language speaking areas and reduces its membership from 20 to 12.
The Bill gives the Minister for the Gaeltacht power to appoint seven members to the board. It also changes the way employment schemes are funded and provides for language plans to be developed for each of 19 Irish speaking areas.
They also criticised the legislation being rushed through and for being anti-democratic with the abolition of elections for the Udaras.
Thirty four opposition TDs were in the chamber and walked out as committee stage of the Bill, scheduled to take three hours, commenced, in protest because none of its 150 amendments were accepted.
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