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Current process for Irish Language street signs is unjust - Mac Giolla Mhín

25 March, 2014

Belfast Councillor Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín welcomed news that Belfast woman Eileen Reid has been granted leave for a judicial review into Belfast City Council’s current policy on dual-language street signs.

Councillor Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín said: 

“For some considerable time now Sinn Féin has been working with senior council officials on a whole range of issues on the Irish language.

“Fifty two people responded in favour of erecting a bilingual street name in Eileen Reid’s street in Ballymurphy. Only one person objected.

“This 52-1 result shows a clear willingness in this street to have dual language street signage.

“However, current council policy marked those who did not respond as being against the erection of the bilingual sign.

“This is clearly unjust.   

“The fact that Belfast City Council will not accept the wishes of a majority of respondents is quite bizarre. 

“There is only one primary school in Ballymurphy, which is an Irish medium Bunscoil.

“This would indicate to me that the vast, vast majority of local people would have no objections to this proposal.”

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