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Cáineann Sinn Féin eisiamh na Gaeilge ó ghréasán oifigiúl an AE

19 March, 2004


Athéilíonn Piaras Ó Dochartaigh, iarrthóir AE Shinn Féin sa toghcheantar Thuaidh agus Thiar, go mbronnfar stádas iomlán san Aontas Eorpach ar an Ghaeilge mar theanga oifigiúil oibre. Tagann an t-éileamh seo 16ú Márta díreach tar éis d‚Uachtarán an Choimisiúin, Romano Prodi, agus do na deich gCoimisiúin ainmnithe, gréasán oifigiúil an AE a sheoladh i dteangacha na mballstát úra.

Ag labhairt dó inniu, arsa Mac Uí Dhochartaigh :

"Fáiltíonn Sinn Féin roimh na stáit úra a bheidh ag teacht isteach san Aontas 1ú Bealtaine 2004. Is céim ar aghaidh í go bhféadfar teacht ar ghréasán oifigiúil an AE, EUROPA, ag achan stát ina theanga féin.

"Ach, arís, cuireadh ar leataobh teanga na Gaeilge ag an AE agus ag Uachtarántacht Éireannach an Aontais, mar theanga oifigiúil oibre an AE. Éilíonn Sinn Féin arís ar Rialtas na hÉireann, tré mheán Uachtarántacht an AE, cothrom na Féinne a bhaint amach don Ghaeilge agus cothroime a bheith aici le teangacha eile na hEorpa.

"Leanfaidh Sinn Féin leo tacaíocht a thabhairt don fheachtas Stádas an t-aitheantas sin a bhaint amach. Leanfar leis an bhrú ar Rialtas an Stáit seo stádas iomlán cultúrtha a bheith ag an Ghaeile laistigh den AE." ENDS

Sinn Féin condemns exclusion of Irish language from official EU website

Sinn Féin North West EU candidate, Pearse Doherty has renewed calls for the Irish language to be given the full status of an official and working language of the European Union. Mr Doherty's call comes after the EU Commission President Romano Prodi and the 10 Commissioners-designate, launched the official EU website in the languages of the new member states on the 16th March 2004.

Speaking today, Mr Doherty said:

"Sinn Féin wants to welcome the new accession states to the EU on May 1st 2004, and the fact that all of the accession states will be able to access the official EU website EUROPA, in their own language, must be viewed as a progressive step.

"However, once again the Irish language has been overlooked by both the EU and the Irish Presidency, as an official and working language of the EU. Sinn Féin is once again calling for the Irish Government, through the EU Presidency to lobby for equality for the Irish language and for parity with other European languages.

For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to support the Stádas campaign for such recognition, and will continue to lobby the government of this state for full cultural equality within the EU"ENDS.

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