Raidió Fáilte is legalised, representing a major change in official British attitudes to the Irish language in Northern Ireland.

Raidió Fáilte has been broadcasting without a licence from Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich a former Presbyterian church in the heart of the Falls Road in West Belfast.

However the station will be an entire legal operation for a month at least, as it has been granted a temporary 28 day permit, a move that could lead to a full franchise. The £3000 funding for the temporary licence was provided by the Iontaobhas Ultach, a body sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office.

Gearóid Ó Cairealláin believes this funding represents a major change in official British attitudes to the Irish language, often regarded as a controversial and contentious issue in Northern Ireland.

They are now creating the atmosphere where there is no sense of something dodgy or something iffy or something subversive about the Irish language, they are now helping to make it more acceptable throughout the whole community.

Raidió Fáilte organisers say it is not just for people of a Catholic, nationalist background and will be easily accessible to Protestants with an interest in the Irish language. The broadcasters and the people involved with running the station would never broadcast anything that would alienate listeners as their sole interest is the promotion of the Irish language.

The Irish language is the only thing we are promoting, there is nothing else.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 June 1993. The reporter is Brendan Wright.