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Anti Irish law must be repealed

12 August, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP


 

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún has called for the repeal of an anti-Irish law the 1737 Administration of Justice Act ahead of a conference organised on this theme by Irish language organisation POBAL this weekend.

 

Ms de Brún said:

 

“When POBAL decided last year to support well known Irish speaker Caoimhín Mac Giolla Chatháin in his judicial review I publicly welcomed this, and although Caoimhghin lost the case this has not been and end to the matter.

 

“POBAL is organising a conference on Saturday 15 August to be addressed by Official Languages Commissioner for Canada, Graham Fraser.This will be one of a number of events and activities aimed at securing the repeal of this odious piece of legislation.

 

“It is unbelievable that nine years after they signed the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the British Government is still defending this relic of colonialism which forbids the use of Irish in the courts.

 

“The British government must ensure the full protection of the right of irish speakers in all walks of life, including in the courts.”

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