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Adams expresses anger court decision not to overturn 1737 Act

2 June, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan


Speaking after a Belfast court decided not to overturn the prohibition of Irish being used in courts here under the Under the Administration of Justice (Language) Act of 1737 Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said;

“Firstly it is obvious that this Act is completely unacceptable to the Irish speaking community as well as people who respect Irish culture and multilingualism. The 1737 Act prohibits the use of Irish in the court system here, something which is totally unacceptable. The act itself is a relic from the penal laws and has no place in 21st century Ireland.

Irish language groups have done sterling work in attempting to overturn the 1737 Act and the EU’s Committee of experts stated clearly that it goes against the spirit of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. I commend Caoimhín Mac Giolla Catháin for taking this stand against a discriminatory and oppressive piece of outdated legislation.

Obviously the Irish speaking community across the north and beyond will be deeply angered by this regressive step. I will again be in contact with the British Government and the Minister for Justice seeking them to once again to overturn this act.

It is totally unacceptable that the Court in Belfast failed to overturn what is a negative and unfair piece of legislation.” CRÍOCH

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