Call for bilingual signage for bus services in Newry and South Armagh

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon, welcoming the recent announcement by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to consult on the introduction of bilingual signage for destination screens on Bus services in Derry City, has written to him asking to consider including the Newry, Mourne and south Armagh Area for such an initiative.
Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

The Junior Minister explained, “Translink has provided bilingual destination information on buses travelling along Metro Corridor 10 in Belfast for sone time. “The Minister is now looking at the possibility of introducing similar signage in the Derry City area and I have now written to him to consider including my home South Armagh area , Newry and the Mournes. “This is a provision which I believe would be warmly welcomed by local people. Not only would it improve their access to public services, it would be a huge mark of respect towards Irish speakers.” Voicing his support for such an initiative Megan’s colleague, Newry Mourne & Down Councillor Barra Ó Muirí stated, “I believe this is doable and is achievable at very little cost. “Translink bus services operating in West Belfast have been featuring both English and Irish language signs on destinations screens since 2011 and there also has been bilingual passenger information on bus shelter timetables and route information.”
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jan-2017The Councillor continued, “There are large numbers of children going to schools learning through the medium of Irish and hundreds of people of all ages attending night classes and taking part in cultural musical and sporting activities. To have bus services using bilingual signage on a number of routes would I believe a very positive and progressive move for the Area.” Cllr Ó Muirí statedthat he would ask the Council to support the request for bilingual signage for Bus destination screens by his MLA colleague to the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard.
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