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SDLP attempting to score political points that do nothing to advance the Irish language

23 April, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín


Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín, has called on the SDLP to explain to the Irish language community what exactly they have done to advance an Irish language act.

Cathal Ó hÓisín said:

“The SDLP have consistently tried to score political points by asking the same question regarding an Irish Language Act of the Minister for Culture Arts & Leisure. Throughout the years republicans have been at the forefront of the Irish language revival while the SDLP paid lip service to it. They have in the recent past voted against bi-lingual signs and labelled Irish as a foreign language.

“The minister has reaffirmed her commitment to achieving an Irish Language act and invited support from the SDLP. In reply there have only been attempts at political point-scoring and headline grabbing rather than consistent and genuaine support for the language.

“Carál Ní Chuilín’s commitment to the language has been backed up with action. The Minister has launched a successful Líofa campaign that has so far seen almost 1800 people sign up to become fluent in Irish. Maybe the SDLP should follow her lead rather than attempting to score political points that do nothing to advance the Irish language.”

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