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Ni Riada is Sinn Fein's Irish language officer

A MUSKERRY gaelgoir has been appointed Sinn Féin's Irish language development officer.

Party leader Gerry Adams TD said that the appointment of Liadh Ní Riada, daughter of famous composer Seán O Riada, was proof that the party "was committed to the revival of the language" and that he was looking forward to seeing the positive results of her work.

"Sinn Féin is the only political party on this island that has employed someone specifically to increase the use of Irish within it and help to develop the party's Irish language policy," Ms Ní Riada said this week.

"It is my ambition for Sinn Féin to strengthen our native language and culture and to ensure that it is a living and vibrant part of the daily lives of party members."

Ms Ní Riada is from Cúil-aodha and has produced and directed numerous documentaries for RTE and TG4, as well as most recently working with a group from Múscraí in developing the traditional arts, particularly sean-nós singing.

Liadh and her husband, Ballyvourney man, Nicholas Forde, a statue restorer, live in the Gaeltacht of Múscraí with their three young daughters.