EU peace report in Irish to be voted on in Strasbourg - de Brún
After submitting a report to the European Parliament on the EU-funded PEACE programme which received overwhelming support in the parliament's Regional Development committee, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the forthcoming vote on the report by the whole parliament on Tuesday, following a debate in the plenary session in Strasbourg today Ms de Brún's report on an evaluation of the PEACE programme and strategies for the future will be the first European Parliament report to be voted in Irish (as Gaeilge).
Ms de Brún said,
"The UN has designated 2008 as the International Year of Languages and it is also European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Therefore it is apt that the first report will be voted on by the European Parliament in Irish this year and that it deals with the theme of peace building and reconciliation.
"The Irish language is an official and working language of the EU alongside the other twenty-two official languages. I extend congratulations and heartfelt thanks to those who were involved in the STÁDAS campaign for achieving the status of official working language of the European Union for the Irish language.
'Molaim go hard gach éinne a bhí bainte leis an fheachtas STÁDAS agus na heagraíochta ar fad atá ag obair ar son cothromaíochta do phobal na Gaeilge i gcomhar lenár gcomh Eorpaigh.
"The report is an evaluation of the PEACE programme and of strategies for the future. It was written in consultation with grassroots activists involved in PEACE and reflects the great work done for peace building and national reconciliation with funding from the PEACE programme and International Fund for Ireland."