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Finucane urges people to attend Lá Dearg march tomorrow

19 May, 2017


North Belfast Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane has called on people throughout Belfast to show their support for an Irish Language Act by attending tomorrow’s Lá Dearg march to the Belfast City Hall.

John Finucane said:

“The march which starts outside the Falls Road’s Cultúrlann Mac Adam Ó Fiaich (at 12 noon) is an opportunity for Gaels and those who support equality throughout Belfast and the North to show their support for an Irish Language Act.

“All citizens of the North are entitled to equal rights and for their culture to be treated with respect and dignity and to be equal under the law.

“Ten years ago the British government and the DUP agreed to an Irish Language Act but they have failed to honour that agreement and other agreements on equality and legacy.

“This Lá Dearg march is about equality, respect and rights for all. Equality threatens no one.

“Those against equality have attempted to block an Irish Language Act but they will not succeed.

“The North has a thriving Irish language community and thousands of children are being educated daily through the medium of Irish.

“They are the future and they demand equality. The Irish language is for all and I would call on people to come out and show their support on Saturday.

“The recent advert in the press by over 35 organisations, including those Arlene Foster met, refuting her claim that only ‘very few’ want an Irish Language Act is testament to the reality that people’s right to an Irish Language Act is a demand which will not go away.”

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