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Gaelgóirí have a right to access the courts in Irish –Adams

28 October, 2008 - by Pat Sheehan


Gaelgóirí have a right to access the courts in Irish -Adams

Commenting on today's media reports that a judicial review is to be carried out on an out-dated, penal law barring the use of Irish in Courts here; Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has once again called for the introduction of a comprehensive, rights-based Irish language act to secure the rights and entitlements of speakers in the Six Counties.

Speaking today Mr Adams said,

"It is unacceptable that a century's old and oppressive ban on Irish being spoken in the Courts is still in effect in today's multi-lingual and culturally rich Ireland. The ban on an Irish speaker applying for a drinks licence in Irish flies in the face of equality legislation here in the North as well as the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

"This law should be consigned to history and this case indicates very clearly the real and practical need for the Minister of Culture to bring forward a comprehensive, rights based Acht na Gaeilge."

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