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Cuireann Liadh Ní Riada Fáilte roimh ‘feachtas teanga’ an tUas Seán Kelly FPE

11 March, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


Ag labhairt i Strasbourg inniu chuir an Feisire Eorpa de chuid Shinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada fáilte mór chuig ‘feachtas teanga’ a comhghleacaí parlaiminteach Seán Kelly FPE.

D’fhógair an Feisire Kelly inniu go raibh sé chun dul ar ‘feachtas teanga’ nó ‘Irish language campaign’. Le linn an fheachtais molfaidh an Feisire Kelly dá chomghleacaithe ‘Sláinte’ a rá ar lá ‘le Pádraig in ionad ‘cheers’ nó ‘bon appétit’.

“Is iontach an rud é go bhfuil a ghuth aimsithe ag Seán Kelly agus muid ag druidim i dtreo deireadh Seachtain na Gaeilge. D’fhógair sé go bhfuil sé i mbun fheachtais teanga faoi láthair, agus teastaíonn uaim mo thacaíocht iomlán a ghealladh dó.

“Chuir sé ionadh agus imní orm áfach nár iarr sé orm tacú leis go háirithe mar gur iarr mise air tacú liomsa agus mé ag dul ar stailc teanga.

“Is léir go bhfuil Seán i gcruachás. Ar taobh amháin tá seo go hiomlán tiomnaithe i dtaobh na Gaeilge, agus a cur chun cinn san Eorap maraon le sa bhaile. Ar an taobh eile is ball de Fhine Gael é, agus ní theastaíonn uaidh duit dul i gcoinne a pháirtí.

“Ní coir go mbeadh an deacracht sin aige. Glaoim air arís, agus é i mbun fheachtais Gaeilge, seasamh an fód ar son ár dteanga san Eorap agus bí liom ar stailc teanga i gcoinne an maolú. Ní leor noiméad amháin sa mhí nó béalghrá uaidh nó ón rialtas. Tá stádas iomlán agus cothrom na féinne ag teastáil uainn.

“Ní mór don rialtas ach litir a scríobh ag iarraidh go foirmeálta ar Chomhairle na nAirí go gcuirfeá deireadh leis an maolú teanga. Tá achainí agam ag iarraidh é sin go díreach agus tá fáilte ‘s fiche roimh Seán a ainm a chuir leis, nó b’fhéidir b’fhearr leis glaoch ar a cheanairí go fíreach chun e a phléigh.

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Is féidir leat d’ainm a chuir leis an n-achainí ag

https://www.change.org/p/taoiseach-enda-kenny-td-taoiseach-cuir-deireadh-le-maolú-na-gaeilge-san-eorap

Liadh Ní Riada welcomes Sean Kelly’s ‘language campaign’

Speaking from Strasbour today, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada gave a warm welcome to the ‘language campaign’ begun by her parliamentary colleague Seán Kelly MEP.

Seán Kelly announced this week that he would begin a ‘language campaign’ or ‘feachtas teanga’. During the campaign Kelly will encourage his colleagues in Europe to say ‘Sláinte’ on St. Patrick’s Day instead of ‘cheers’ or ‘bon appétit’.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“Its great that Seán Kelly has found his voice as we near the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge. He announced yesterday that he is ‘on an Irish language campaign’ for the moment, and I want to pledge him my full support.

“It surprised and worried me that Seán didn’t ask me to support him, especially seeing as I had asked him to support me when I embarked on my language strike.

“That said I understand his dilemma. On one hand he is dedicated to promoting Irish at home and in Europe. On the other, he is a member of Fine Gael and he doesn’t want to go against his party.

“It shouldn’t have to be or the other. I reiterate my call to him, now that he is on his language campaign, to stand up for our language in Europe and to join me in my strike against the derogation. One minute a month is not enough, nor is lip-service from Government. We demand full status and parity of esteem for our language.

“The Government need but write a letter to the Council of Ministers formally requesting and end to the derogation. I have set up a petition online asking Enda Kenny to do just that. Seán Kelly is more than welcome to add his name to the petition, or indeed he could just call his leader and ask him directly. “

ENDS

You can access and sign the petition at the link below.

https://www.change.org/p/taoiseach-enda-kenny-td-taoiseach-cuir-deireadh-le-maolú-na-gaeilge-san-eorap

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