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Campbell’s proposed ‘language strategy’ will not go far enough – de Brún

26 September, 2008

Speaking on the European Day of Languages today, the Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has slammed Gregory Campbell's proposal for a 'language strategy' in the Six Counties as opposed to a comprehensive Irish language Act as agreed at St Andrews.

Ms de Brún said,

"Once again Gregory Campbell has showed his blatant disregard for one of our richest and most vital assets, an Ghaeilge.

"Gregory Campbell claims that the issue of Acht na Gaeilge has 'been dealt with', how very wrong he is!

"The issue has not been dealt with and will not be dealt with effectively until Gregory Campbell, as Minister for Culture, plays his part in introducing a fully comprehensive and rights based Irish Language Act for speakers here in the North of Ireland.

"This is not an issue that Minister Campbell can simply choose to ignore and that is why once again Irish language speakers from throughout Ireland will take to the streets of Belfast on Saturday 11th October to demand their rights and entitlements as promised at St Andrews.

"Today is the European Day of Languages, and I am calling on Minister Campbell to show respect for the Irish language and Irish speakers and carry out his responsibility to introduce Acht na Gaeilge." CRÍOCH

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