EU move towards lifting Irish language derogation welcome - Ní Riada
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed a decision taken by the Bureau of the European Parliament to ring-fence 0.2% of the 2017 budget in order to add Irish as a further official language and to make ending the derogation of the Irish language a priority.
Ms Ní Riada said,
"Since my election to the European Parliament in May 2014, I have made every effort to promote, protect and end the derogation faced by the Irish language.
"Last March I went on a ‘stailc teanga’ or Irish language rights trial; in a bid to assess the ability of the Parliament to facilitate those who seek to exercise their Irish Language Rights.
"I also called extensive meetings, including writing to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz, in a bid to get this result.
A member of the European Parliament's Committee for Culture and Education, Ms Ní Riada said,
"The Bureau also noted that it would assign the resources needed to achieve the phasing out of the derogation for Irish. A decision that they noted would require a gradual increase of the budget resources and staff required for both the translation and interpretation of the Irish language
"Although the increase to the budget is minute and the process does not end here, this latest development is most welcome.
"This has been a key campaign of mine and I will continue this until the Irish language and its speakers in the European Parliament receive the recognition and support it deserves." ENDS