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Language experts to share best practice with DCAL Committee

23 September, 2009 - by Barry McElduff

Speaking ahead of a presentation to the DCAL committee from language experts from the Dublin, Welsh and Scottish governments tomorrow (Thursday 24th), Chair of the committee Barry McElduff said;

“This presentation will no doubt be a very insightful and informative opportunity for our committee; the representatives will be in a position to share their wealth of experience in relation to best practice in terms of indigenous language promotion.

Their presentation comes in the same week that the European Committee of Experts have been visiting the north and meeting with key stakeholders regarding the implementation of the European Charter.

Caitríona Ruane met with the committee on Tuesday and outlined the work her department has been engaged in and also took the opportunity to raise Sinn Féin’s concerns at the lack of progress in implementing the Charter.

Tomorrow’s presentation comes against the backdrop of the failure by the DUP and the British Government to introduce an Irish Language Act, the failure to bring forward an Irish language strategy and failure to implement the Charter. It also comes at a time when the EU is putting increasing pressure on the British government for failing to honour their commitments under the Charter and the St Andrews Agreement.

Sinn Féin will not provide a fig leaf of cover to the DUP failure to have a rational position in relation to Irish.

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. The DCAL Minister will be before the committee on December 10th and we will be demanding a response from him on his failure to bring forward a strategy and failing to implement the European Charter.” CRÍOCH


This section of the DCAL Committee business will be from 10:45am - 12:15pm tomorrow.

The presentations will be from:

- Huw Onllwyn Jones (Head of Welsh Language Unit and Media Policy Unit) Welsh Assembly

- Joe Hamill (Assistant Secretary) Deaglán Ó Briain (Principal) (Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) Irish Government

- Michael Napier (Policy Officer - Culture, External Affairs and Tourism Directorate) Douglas Ansdell (Head of Gaelic and Scots Unit) Scottish Government

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