‘Foster’s Irish language comments odious’ – McNulty

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
justin4SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has described former First Minister Arlene Foster’s comments on the prospects of an Irish Language Act as ‘odious’. McNulty has said the SDLP will not allow Arlene Foster to continue to treat all things Irish with such disdain and disrespect. McNulty said, “Arlene Foster’s arrogance and disdain for all things Irish is simply wrong and is leading all of us to question her ability to lead any future Executive at Stormont.
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Jan End 2017“We will not accept someone who has no respect for the rights, cultures and traditions of our community. Arlene Foster’s comments this week in relation to the Irish Language were appalling and deeply offensive.
  “She has shown a huge disrespect for the culture and traditions of one side of our society here. Unfortunately it has become somewhat expected of Arlene, and despite her pledges for a ‘fresh start’ in politics here, her actions show she is hell bent on causing division and intolerance. “Our community are looking to political representatives for leadership. With Mrs. Foster people are dismayed by her arrogance and disrespect for all things Irish. “The SDLP have been unequivocal. We will not enter into any future executive lead by Arlene Foster. There are far too many unanswered questions about her involvement in the RHI scheme.
  He added, “Equally as serious, there are major doubts about her ability to lead and represent our entire community with respect and fairness.”
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