Sinn Féin’s Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has criticised Labour MEP Emer Costello on her stance concerning the Irish language accusing her of accepting Irish as a second class language.
Speaking in central Dublin today, Boylan said:
“The EU voted on an extension to Rule 147. The vote, now passed, continues the second class treatment of the Irish language by confirming that there will be no translation of documents or interpretation facilities provided for the Irish language for a further five years until 2019.
“Labour's Emer Costello abstained from today’s vote, helping to condemn the Irish language to a longer term as a second class language in the EU. Emer Costello’s abstention is an insult to the 10,000 who marched in Dublin recently as part of the Lá Mór na Gaeilge protest.
“I can assure voters that should I be elected as a Member of the European Parliament to represent the people of Dublin, there will be no dereliction of my duty to our national language. Beidh mé ag troid ar son ár dteanga náisiúnta.”