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Sinn Féin submit proposals to BBC regarding Irish language provision

19 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Irish language spokesperson Francie Brolly MLA has said that Sinn Féin' submission to the BBC regarding the Irish language outlines the need for parity for the language.

Speaking from the assembly before the close of the BBC consultation Francie Brolly MLA said,

"Sinn Féin are in agreement with POBAL, the Irish language umbrella group, that there must be equality for the Irish language and the BBC have certain responsibilities on this matter.

"The Irish language is thriving and open to all, with over 65 Irish language schools in the six counties and with almost 4000 children attending. The rights of these children and all Irish speakers must be protected by the BBC.

"In comparison to Scots Gaelic and Welsh in their respective countries there is not enough Irish language provision by this outlet.

"As a public service provider the BBC must listen to the public themselves!" ENDS

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