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Irish language has to be afforded the same status as other languages within the EU - nothing more, nothing less

24 April, 2004


Sinn Féin EU candidate for the North West Pearse Doherty speaking at today's march in Dublin, organised by Stádas, has backed calls for the Irish language to be recognised as a full official and working language of the EU. He said 'The Irish language must not be allowed to continue as a second class language within the EU. The government still has time, while they hold the Presidency of the EU, to move on this matter and make Irish an official and working language on the EU. The Irish people will accept nothing less."

Mr. Doherty said:

"Over 30 years ago the Irish government of the day refused to take up the offer of making Irish an official language of the EEC. That was a disgraceful decision which stands as a mark of shame against that government.

"In a few days time the accession of the new states into the EU will see the current 11 official languages increase to 20. Maltese, which enjoys 380,000 speakers, is already recognised as an official language of the EU. There are at least that many Irish speakers on this island and many more who have a knowledge of the language. There is huge support for this campaign with motions passed in local authorities across the country and in the Dáil.

"Comments from a government spokesperson today that ' it is making good progress on enhancing the status of the Irish language within the EU' are not good enough.

"The Irish language has to be afforded the same status as other languages within the EU - nothing more, nothing less.

"The government still has time, while they hold the Presidency of the EU, to move on this matter. The Irish language must not be allowed to continue as a second class language within the EU". ENDS

Sinn Féin agus Stádas - Tapaigh an Deis'

A Eagarthóir, a chara,

Táimíd ag scríobh chugat lenár dtacaíocht iomlán d'fheachtas Stádas a chur in iúl arís do phobal na Gaeilge.

Agus Lá Bealtaine beagnach sroichte againn, iarraimid uair amháin eile ar Fhianna Fáil agus ar an Pháirtí Dhaonlathach na céimeanna cuí a thógáil le go dtabharfaí Stádas Oifigiúil oibre don Ghaeilge san Aontas Eorpach.

Ábhar mór míshásaimh is ea seasamh Rialtas na 26 Chondae maidir leis an cheist seo. Ní theastaíonn ach go gcuirfeadh Fianna Fáil/an Páirtí Daonlathach rún ós comhair Comhairle na nAirí le go dtabharfaí Stádas Oifigiúil oibre don phríomhtheanga náisiúnta.

Trí dhiúltú don iarratas ar Stádas Oifigiúil don Ghaeilge tá an rialtas ag déanamh neamhaird, ní hamháin d'éileamh an náisiúin ach do mhianta na n-ionadaithe tofa a rith rún sa Seanad agus rún eile a ritheadh sa Dáil ag tacú le feachtas Stádas.

Bheadh impleachtaí móra ag bronnadh an Stádais Oifigiúil do phobal na Gaeilge thuaidh agus theas, thoir agus thiar. Níor chóir go gcaillfí an deis uathúil seo agus an stát seo mar Uachtarán ar an Aontas.

Is muid,

Piaras Ó Dochartaigh,

Bairbre de Brún,

Mary Lou McDonald,

David Cullinane,

John Dwyer

(Iarrthóirí Eorpacha Shinn Féin)

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