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Caitríona Ruane meets with European Committee of Experts on Language issues

22 September, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin south Down MLA and Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has today met with the European Committee of Experts in relation to the implementation of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

Speaking after the meeting in Stormont this afternoon Ms Ruane said;

“Today’s meeting with the European Committee of Experts was a welcome one; I took the opportunity to give the committee a comprehensive report on the extensive work carried out by my department in relation to its commitments under the Charter.

I stressed with the committee that the work that my department and others, such as the Department for Regional Development, have been engaged in is taking place in the absence of both an effective rights based Irish Language Act, despite the British Government committing themselves to this at Saint Andrews, as well as in absence of the ‘Languages Strategy’ as promised by successive DUP Culture Ministers.

For our part, Sinn Féin is totally committed to securing effective, rights based legislation for Irish speakers here in the north, this process is an ongoing and important piece of work, I have no doubt that the Committee of Experts will use their time here to exert further pressure on the British Government, as well as DCAL to live up to their obligations.” CRÍOCH

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