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Tácaíonn Sinn Féin le hAcht na Gaeilge

10 October, 2008


Tomorrow (Saturday) a march and rally will take place in Belfast City Centre in support of Acht na Gaeilge.

Expressing his support and solidarity with the March Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said;

"Níor chóir go mbeadh iontas ar bith faoin seasamh seo atá ag an Aire Gregory Campbell agus cuid eile den DUP ach ag an am céanna, cuireann sé isteach go mór ar phobal na Gaeilge, cé chomh gráiniúil a bhíonn siad sa tionól. Cad chuige go bhfuil eagla ar na daoine seo roimh an Ghaeilge? Is le gach duine ar an oileán seo an teanga, ní bagairt í do dhuine ar bith agus ba choir go mbeadh lucht an Bhéarla, nach bhfuil suim acú sa Ghaeilge, bheith ar nós cuma liom. Bealach amhain nó bealach eile beidh Acht na Gaeilge againn."

"Gregory Campbell as Culture Minister should be long-sighted on this matter. He is in a position to show leadership to his party. The Irish language threatens no one. It is not compulsory. Irish language rights threaten no one.

"The revival of the Irish language has been a cultural success story. More and more people are using Irish. Young children in particular are being educated in increasing numbers through the medium of Irish and it is their future and their rights that must be secured through legislation.

"It is unfortunate that the Minister's stance has been so negative and this is certainly not in the spirit of a partnership in the Executive or the Assembly.

"It is with regret that unionists have used this question as a political football rather than an administrative issue.

"Nevertheless I am confident that if we continue to campaign and argue for Acht na Gaeilge that it will be achieved."

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