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BBC has questions to answer on Irish language insults – Ó Donnghaile

13 November, 2014


Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the BBC should take action on its treatment of the Irish language community.  

Speaking after writing to the BBC to complain over the abuse of the Irish language on 'The Nolan TV Show,' councillor Ó Donnghaile said;

“The disrespect shown to me and the Irish language community on BBC's 'The Nolan TV Show' on November 5th was totally unacceptable. 

"I had agreed to appear on the show following DUP MLA Gregory Campbell's offensive and insulting comments on the Irish language made in the Assembly. 

“On the show in question the offensive remarks were repeated ad nauseam in order to get a cheap laugh. This bordered on racist baiting. Such provocative behaviour is unacceptable. 

"This was an insult to me and to an entire community and I don't think this would be acceptable in any other area in which the BBC operates. 

"The BBC needs to state clearly whether it has a different standard for Irish language speakers than any other racial, ethnic or linguistic group. 

"That is why I have written to the BBC to complain about this matter. I expect my complaint to be dealt with promptly and to the satisfaction of the Irish language community and it clearly warrants an apology.”

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