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Bairbre de Brún welcomes news on official recognition of the Irish language in EU

15 July, 2004


Sinn Féin MEP for the 6 Counties Bairbre de Brún, has welcomed the news that the Irish government is to seek full official recognition for the Irish language within the European Union.

Ms de Brún welcomed the move and 'congratulated all involved in the STÁDAS campaign for their hard work and determination, which has undoubtedly ensured that the Irish government has acted on this issue.'

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"I want to welcome the Irish government's decision to seek full official recognition for the Irish language within the EU. Irish speakers throughout Ireland were very disappointed that the Irish government did not seek the status official working language of the EU for the language during the Irish presidency and I am delighted that are to do so now.

"On a personal note it will make it easier for me to use Irish in my work as MEP in the same way that the Good Friday Agreement facilitated my use of the language as a member and Minister of the Assembly in the north.

"Irish language activists and speakers have tirelessly lobbied to ensure that the Irish language will no longer be treated as a second-class language within the EU.

"I want to pay tribute to all involved in the STÁDAS campaign for their hard work and determination, which has undoubtedly ensured that the Irish government has acted on this issue.' ENDS

D'fháiltigh feisire na hEorpa Sinn Féinach Bairbre de Brún roimh an scéal go lorgóidh Rialtas na hÉireann stádas oifigiúil oibre don Ghaeilge san AE.

Arsa Iníon de Brún:

Bhí mé in ann an Ghaeilge a úsáid i dTionól Stormant agus mar Aire Sláinte de bharr na socruithe a deineadh le Comhaontas Aoine an Chéasta. Tá mé ag iarraidh leanstan le sin agus an Ghaeilge a úsáid sna institiúidí Eorpach.

Tá sé de rún agam labhairt i nGaeilge le linn céad seisiúin na Parliminte i Strasbourg an seachtain seo chugainn. Níl sin éasca faoi láthair de thairbhe nach bhfuil an stádas cuí ag an teanga.

Bhí an-díoma ar lucht labhartha na Gaeilge anseo nar lorg Rialtas na hÉireann stádas oifigiúil oibre don Ghaeilge le linn uachtarántacht na hÉireann ar an AE. Tá mé thar a bheith sásta go bhfuil an Rialtas chun an stádas a lorg anois.

Tréaslaím le gach éinne atá bainte leis an an brú-ghrúpa STÁDAS as ucht an éacht atá déanta acu. Is mar thoradh an an obair sin gan dabht go bhfuil Rialtas na hÉireann chun gniomhú."Críoch

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