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Further disappointment at McCausland’s stance on Language Act

13 November, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Making reference to a letter she received from the Culture Minister Nelson McCausland regarding an Irish Language Act for the north, MEP Bairbre de Brun said she is disappointed by the DUP Ministers stance.

Ms de Brun said;

“This is a disappointing letter particularly that given today Mr McCausland, along with Education Minister Caitriona Ruane, are attending today’s British Irish Council meeting, the focus of which is on minority languages, dealing with how to promote and protect them.

It is ironic also that the question of languages in the other governments attending is not a controversial issue, but taken as an integral part of their history and culture.

People should have the right to live their lives through Irish if they so choose. I am talking about education, work, shopping, leisure and business.

People should also be allowed to use their own native language when they find themselves before the courts. The British Government should repeal the 1737 Act without further delay. It is scandalous that such laws are still in effect in the north today” CRÍOCH

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