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Latest DCAL bulletin highlights McCausland’s single minded fixation - Leonard

1 July, 2010

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Culture Arts and Leisure Committee, Billy Leonard, has stated that the latest bulletin from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, highlights the singular fixation that the Minister Nelson McCausland has with Ulster Scots.

Speaking today Mr Leonard said:

“The latest bulletin from Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure entitled “Public Views on Ulster-Scots Culture, Heritage and Language in Northern Ireland” highlights the singular focus that the Minister places on the promotion of Ulster Scots.

“I am quite sure that Nelson McCausland will give great weight to this bulletin and its contents.

“If the Minister, or his predecessors, had given the same amount of focus and weight into the two consultations held by the Department, that both overwhelming endorsed the need for an Irish language act, we would now not be accusing him of being partisan and fixated with Ulster Scots to the detriment of Irish.

“On a day in which Nelson McCausland appeared in front of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee with still no indication of when a language strategy would be brought forward the publication of this bulletin will be seen as a slap in the face to all those campaigning for the rights and entitlements of those who use the Irish language.

“It is note worthy that no bulletin has been released entitled “The Public Views on Irish Culture, Heritage and Language.”

“The Minister needs to remember that in his position of office he is a Minister for all, not just for those he chooses to represent.”

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