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Demand your Irish language Rights on February 16th - de Brún MEP

12 February, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that it is important that thousands of people attend the celebration of Irish language in Belfast on February 16th.

Ms de Brún said,

"Along with thousands of other people I will be in Belfast on Saturday February celebrating our language and demanding language rights for the six counties.

"The Irish language is growing with a more and more young people choosing to speak it.

"The growth of the Irish language, particularly when it comes to Irish Medium Education, the spoken language and the growth of communities, is stronger now than at any time since before partition.

"The only way to maintain the growth and development of the Irish language is for it to become embedded in the day-to-day life of our communities.

"It is also important to celebrate that work that has been done so far. February 16th's celebration is a part of this.

"It is important therefore, that thousands of people attend this celebratory event." ENDS

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