McAteer welcomes Newry Council support for Irish language

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Community, Politics
SDLP Newry councillor Kevin McAteer has welcomed moves from Newry, Mourne and Down super council to engage with ratepayers in both English and Irish, where appropriate. Speaking to Newry Times, McAteer said, “As a proud nationalist I welcome the decision of Newry, Mourne and Down council to afford ratepayers the opportunity to engage with council services in both English and Irish. “I’m delighted to see the new council is continuing to build on the excellent work done by our old councils to promote and support Irish language development in the area. “Often proposals around the Irish language can be the subject of unnecessary political games but I was glad to see this proposal pass. It was the first proposal of its kind for the super council but certainly wont be the last as we continue the work of branding the new local authority. “This is another step along the road of including and celebrating the Irish language in civic life. The SDLP will continue to ensure that our local communities are enriched through the celebration of our shared heritage, including the promotion of the Irish language. McAteer added, “We look forward to advancing these developments by offering further support to Irish language groups in the area and incorporating Irish in as many parts of civic life as possible.”
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