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De Brún 'Multilingualism aids cultural understanding'

26 September, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Today, on the European Day of Languages Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún MEP has spoken about the importance of linguistic diversity.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg on a day which celebrates multilingualism, de Brún said, "I am pleased to be a part of the EU celebrating its linguistic diversity. Modern languages provide a great insight into a culture and are a key element of understanding our European Neighbours

It is a joy to be able to speak in Irish in the European Parliament and it is wonderful to hear everything from Polish to Portuguese to on a daily basis.

I am a strong supporter of Irish language rights across Ireland I would like to take this opportunity to mention two cornerstones of the Irish language in Belfast and to congratulate Coláiste Feirste on their 20th anniversary and the Cultúrlannn on their new extension.

"Ireland has a lot to offer with regards to linguistic diversity, not only with our native languages, but with those that have become present and vibrant in our society due to immigration and now form an integral part of modern Ireland. I am delighted to be able to share this culture with my colleagues in Brussels.

I hope the EU continues its good work in the field of linguistic diversity and paves the way for Welsh, Catalan, Basque and other minority languages to also be afforded the privilege of expressing themselves in their mother tongue in the near future."

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