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DUP will not stop Department meeting Irish language obligations - McKay

13 December, 2011


Sinn Féin MLA and education spokesperson Daithí McKay has stated that the rise in costs in Irish language translation clearly indicates that the Department of Education is fulfilling its obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and has called on the DUP to stop playing politics with peoples right and entitlements.

Speaking today Mr McKay said:

“The DUP’s fixation on the Irish language will not determine how the Education Department, nor indeed how other departments act as they are required to do in providing for the Irish language community.

“The rights and entitlements of Irish language speakers are enshrined under the Good Friday Agreement, St Andrews and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Under this translation of materials should be a given in any work programme.

“People who live their livesprimarily through the medium of Irish are entitled to Irish language services and the DUP need to stop playing politics with peoples rights and entitlements. 

“The increase in costs points to the Education Department fulfilling its obligations but also indicates a clear growth in the demand for this service. With growing numbers of people being educated in Irish and taking Irish language exams outside the Irish medium sector there will continue to be a high demand for this service.”

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