O Muiri hopes bilingual policy proposal will be accepted

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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Sinn Fein councillor Barra O Muiri has said he hopes “the third time’s a charm” when it comes to introducing a bi-lingual policy to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Sinn Fein’s Barra Ó Muirí

“Tonight Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will be meeting with full council powers,” the Sinn Fein Irish language spokesman said. “For the third time I will be bringing my party’s proposals for a bilingual policy to the new council and I hope that, after reneging on their support for the proposals last week, the SDLP will give them their full backing. “We in Sinn Fein will again be making the case for the council to be bilingual and, in accordance with the European Charter for Minority Languages, placing Irish in the more prominent position to the top or the left of any signage,” he insisted. “This is not a case of one side of the community lording it over the other, this is an equality issue. Irish belongs to all of us and is part of our common cultural heritage. “It’s particularly appropriate that this is coming to the council in the middle of what has so far been a tremendous Seachtain na Gaeilge, with another great week of activities left. “Tonight, Sinn Fein will aim to make this a truly historic week for the Irish language and equality,” O Muiri added.

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