Bradley welcomes Tanaiste’s assurance of assistance on Irish Language Act
SDLP Irish language spokesperson Dominic Bradley MLA has had discussions with An Tánaiste and Minister for External Affairs, Eamon Gilmore about the Irish language Act for the North which was promised in the St. Andrews Agreement.
Commenting after a meeting which the SDLP had with the Irish Labour Party in Leinster House this week Mr Bradley said: “During our meeting with the Tánaiste I raised the issue of the Irish language Act which was promised in the St Andrews Agreement with him. I asked him to raise the matter with the British Government which has a duty under that Agreement to bring forward legislation on the Irish language.
“If progress cannot be made on the issue through the Assembly then the British government has a clear obligation under the St. Andrews Agreement to progress the matter. The Tánaiste gave me a clear undertaking that he would raise the matter with the British government at the earliest possible opportunity.”
He added, “Many people who are committed to the development of the Irish language will very much welcome that commitment and look forward to progress being made sooner rather than later.”