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Continued delay on Irish language legislation remains unacceptable – McElduff

21 September, 2009 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has today said that the continued failure by successive DUP Culture Ministers, as well as the British Government, to bring forward effective Irish language legislation and meet their current obligations under the European Charter is completely unacceptable.

Mr McElduff said;

“The fact that a number of the departments are not coming up to the mark in terms of their obligations under the Charter is totally unacceptable.

The responsibility for this continued delay lies firmly at the door of the DUP and their former DCAL Minister who refuses to implement an Irish Language Act nor bring forward the promised Languages Strategy.

Sinn Féin will not allow the reality of the situation to be misrepresented and have consciously stood in support of the democratic rights and entitlements of the Irish speaking community here in the north.

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane will meet with the Committee of Experts Charter tomorrow who are visiting this week reviewing the implementation of the.

The current DCAL Minister and importantly, the British Government can no longer shirk their responsibilities and should listen, not just to the thousands of people demanding equality for the language but also to the growing international concern in relation to this issue.” CRÍOCH

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