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Simultaneous translation should be available in the Assembly Chamber – Brolly

15 September, 2009 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Speaking after questions to the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure this afternoon Sinn Féin Irish Language spokesperson Francie Brolloy MLA has said that simultaneous translation facilities should be made available for Assembly Members while in the Chamber.
Mr Brolly said;
“We already have this system operating for use by the chair, there are staff members who are employed to translate the Irish that is being used in the Assembly chamber as it is. This facility should be made available to all members and not just a select few in the Chamber.
There wouldn’t be much cost involved in extending this facility and it would create the conditions where members who use Irish would not have to translate it and therefore ensuring greater freedom of expression.
This system is in operation in Leinster House, in the Welsh Assembly, in the Scottish Parliament and in the European Parliament. It is a shame that this service is denied to elected representatives in the 21st century.” CRÍOCH

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