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Mayday another missed opportunity to recognise the Irish language in EU

4 May, 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the North West constituency, Pearse Doherty has today said that May 1st presented "another missed opportunity to secure official recognition for the Irish language in the EU".

Speaking during a tour to local radio stations in Donegal today with Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty, Mr Pearse Doherty said:

"Irish language enthusiasts have once again been left angered and dismayed. The celebrations that marked the accession ceremony provided the perfect backdrop to officially recognise the Irish language as an official and working language of the EU. Mayday is another missed opportunity for official recognition.

"On May 1st, there were nine other languages officially recognised in the EU, once again Irish has been relegated to the status of a second class language. The Government has failed Irish language enthusiasts and ultimately the Irish people. People are beginning to wonder if this Government, which holds the EU Presidency, has the political will to address this issue.

"Once again, Sinn Féin calls for the full official recognition of the Irish language, nothing more, nothing less." ENDS

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