Ó Muirí calls for end to ‘obstruction of Irish Language Act’

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Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Newry & Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has said the British government and the unionist parties have ‘continually frustrated the growing demand for an Irish Language Act’ and he has joined in the call for an end to their policy of obstruction.

Sinn Fein’s Barra Ó Muirí

Speaking to Newry Times, he stated, “Recent attacks on the Irish speaking community have clearly demonstrated the need for legislation on the language with a rights-based approach. “The British government and the unionist parties have continually frustrated the growing demand for an Irish Language Act. It is time for an end to this obstruction.” Meanwhile, speaking from Stormont where she joined a protest being held by a coalition of Irish language groups who are demanding an Acht Gaeilge, Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín called on Executive parties to back her bid to bring forward a draft Irish Language Act. Carál Ní Chuilín said, “Sinn Féin joined protestors at Stormont today who gathered to demand the enactment of an Irish language act. It’s appropriate that this demonstration is taking place on International Human Rights Day. “It has always been Sinn Féin’s view that legislation is needed to protect the rights and entitlements of Irish language speakers. Indeed a key commitment of the Good Friday Agreement was to protect the rights of the Irish speaking community and at St Andrew’s the British government committed to an Irish Language Act. “Once again this week my party has handed in a paper to the two governments setting out our vision of an Irish Language Act. We are calling for an Irish language commissioner, the provision of place names and street names in Irish, provision for the use of Irish in the Assembly, guarantees for Irish language education as well as Irish language schemes and recognition of small Gaeltacht areas,” she added.

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