Gaeltacht Bill passed despite opposition Dail walkout

Opposition TDs who earlier walked out of the Dáil during a row with the Government over the Gaelteacht Bill, say they wanted to make it clear that their opinions weren't heard.

They object to the Bill, which changes the funding structure for employment schemes in Gaelteacht areas, and gives the Minister the power to appoint board members to Údaras na Gaelteachta.

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil walked out of the Dáil this morning, after the Government refused to discuss any of their amendments to the Bill.

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, Eamon Ó Cuív, told Galway Bay FM that they didn't want to contribute to the illusion that there had been a full debate on the Bill:

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