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Adams hosts Irish language celebration event in Stormont-

7 December, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA tonight hosted, 'Ceiliúradh na Gaeilge' - 'A Celebration of the Irish Language' in the Great Hall in Stormont.

It was a packed event. Toireasa Ferris was Bean an Tí and among those who participated were a children's choir; Nollaig and Áine Brolly; Gearóid Mac Lochlainn; Máire Bean Uí Bhruadair and Frances Black.

Welcoming the large number of Irish language activists who came to Stormont to enjoy the craic and the music Gerry Adams described it as ' a wonderful opportunity to reunite and interact and to celebrate the Irish language development.'

He said:

"The Irish language has made great strides forward in recent years.

Much of this has been community driven, and is down to the hard work and dedication of teachers, parents, Irish language activists and others who kept Irish alive down the years. "

The Sinn Fein President thanked all those from all parts of the island and beyond who have worked hard over the years to promote and develop the Irish language, our music and dance. He said: "Today the Irish language is growing, and increasing numbers of young people want to learn it, want to speak it and are speaking it.

The key to the continued growth of the Irish language is to ensure that it is a vibrant part of peoples' everyday lives.

It is also vital that we celebrate the achievements that have been made in the promotion and development of the Irish Language in recent years.

Tonight's event is an important part of this.

It will provide an opportunity for Irish language activists, musicians, community and political activists, children and others to showcase the best of Irish music and language and culture.

I woul d like to say one more thing. There is a clear need for an Irish Language Act.

There are those who are opposed to it.

Let me, and us be very certain and very assertive tonight in stating our confidence that there will be an Irish language Act.

I don't know when but there will be and Irish language Act.

However, let us not loose sight of the fact that an Irish Language Act in the north was not needed to create a Shaw's Road Gaeltacht, or the Gaelaras, An Droichead or the Culturlann.

An Act was not needed to establish the Meanscoil or recognition for La Nua or the Gaeltacht Quarter.

Work was needed and people went out and did that work.

The Irish Language is part of what we are; it is the property of all on this island. It is a threat to no one.

We have a lot of work to do - let's get on with that work and redouble our efforts to build on the progress we have made so far."


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