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Ó hOisín welcomes European recommendation for Irish Language Act

24 January, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has welcomed recommendations from Europe on the protection of the Irish language and the need to implement an Irish Language Act.

Mr. Ó hOisín stated:

"The Council of Europe has made three specific recommendations including one which calls on the authorities to develop comprehensive legislation on the Irish language in the North and take resolute measures to protect and implement more effectively the language rights of persons belonging to the Irish-speaking community.

“I fully welcome any call for the implementation of an Irish language act which will safeguard the rights of Irish speakers.

“For too long the Irish language has been treated as second class but due to the work of Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún, it has been given proper recognition in Europe

“It is time that the language was also given its proper recognition in the North and I am calling for those who oppose the act to realise that the language threatens no-one and work with us in order to bring equality to Irish language speakers.

“I would call on people to apply pressure on their elected representatives to fully support an Irish language act."

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