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Welcome support for Irish language website in European Parliament - Rosie McCorley MLA

23 May, 2013 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin Irish Language Spokesperson Rosie McCorley MLA (West Belfast) has welcomed the support of the EU Parliament President, Martin Schulz for an Irish Language version of the Parliament’s website.

Rosie McCorley said:

“I am pleased that in discussions between the President of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz and a cross-party delegation of Irish MEPs including Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson and Pat the Cope Gallagher (FF), Gay Mitchell (FG) and Emer Costello (Labour) that the President pledged his support for an Irish language version of the Parliament’s website.

“President Schulz will now take forward a recommendation to the Bureau of the European Parliament for this to be approved at its next meeting in early June.

“Martina Anderson has lobbied consistently on this issue since taking up her position in 2012, continuing the work of her predecessor Bairbre de Brún. 

“The European Parliament website is currently produced in 22 out of the 23 official languages of the EU, with Irish the only exception. All other EU institutions including the European Commission and Council of Ministers have a website in Irish and it is right that this situation is now being rectified.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson MEP added:

"I am delighted that the President of the European Parliament has taken this decision to support an Irish language version of the parliament's website.

“Gaeilge has been an official EU language since 2007 so it is only proper that it is finally being treated with equal rights to the other 22 official languages of the EU. I would like to thank, President Schulz for his positive and pragmatic approach to this issue.”

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