Bradley welcomes Irish language strategy

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012
SDLP Newry and Armagh  MLA and Party spokesperson on the Irish language Dominic Bradley has welcomed the draft Irish language strategy from the Department of Culture, Arts, and Leisure. Commenting on the draft strategy Mr Bradley said: “I welcome the fact that DCAL has formulated a strategy for the Irish language which is to go out for consultation during the summer. The Minister promised that she would come to the Committee before publication but she has not seen fit to do so. The proposals at this stage are high level and lack the detail and timeline which an implementation plan will provide.” “The question also arises as to whether or not the strategy will have the legal imperative to ensure that departments and local councils are obliged to implement it. Unfortunately dependence on goodwill alone is no guarantee that proposals will be properly implemented.” Bradley added, “Many of the proposals have been common currency in the Irish language sector for some time but are nonetheless worthy of advancement. The SDLP will be responding in detail to the consultation when it is launched publicly later in the month.”
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