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Sinn Féin call for enquiry into Postal office abuse towards the Irish language

7 January, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA, Carál Ní Chuilín, has raised concerns about the tampering with mail in the Post Office that is addressed in the Irish language. This follows the returning of mail, undelivered, with an Irish address on it and an abusive message handwritten beside the address label stating “Most people in this country speak English only”.

Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín stated:

“Sinn Féin are very concerned in regards to the the tampering and abusive language used by one of the Postal Services members on a letter that was addressed in Irish and which is postmarked as being processed through the Belfast office”

“The label on the letter was typed in Irish to an address in Dublin and was sent before Christmas yet it was returned with a handwritten message on it stating “Most people in this country speak English only”. On top of this a Post office label has been attached tothe letter with the “Address Inaccessible” box ticked.

“This kind of behaviour cannot be acceptable within the Post Office. Members of the Irish language community address their letters in their first language, which is Irish, and they expect respect and that their mail will not be tampered with in this fashion.

“I will be contacting senior management in the Belfast Office and in the Postal Service in order to make them aware of this situation and to see that there is an adequate investigation into this abuse.”

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