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Ní Riada backs Conradh na Gaeilge in efforts to ensure the Irish-speaking community is supported

7 April, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has backed Conradh na Gaeilge in their legal proceedings against the Northern Executive due to its failure to implement the Irish-Language Strategy 2015-2035.

The Ireland South MEP said,

"On 30 January 2015 my party colleague and Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, launched the Strategy to Enhance and Protect the Development of the Irish Language 2015-2035.

"12 months on, a progress report has been published and although it demonstrates how a close partnership has been fostered between the Department and the Irish-language community, the Executive is yet to adapt the Irish-Language Strategy, as per its legislative obligations.

 “The British Government specifically pledged to implement an Irish-Language Strategy in the 2006 St. Andrew’s Agreement, while the current Executive’s Programme for Government 2011-2015 refers to the Strategy under Priority 4 of the Programme 'Building a Strong and Shared Community'.

"Therefore, it is unacceptable that the Executive is yet to accept it and I continue to support Conradh na Gaeilge and Minister Ní Chuilín in their efforts to ensure the Irish-speaking community the support they deserve.

A Member of the Education and Culture committee in the European Parliament, Ms Ní Riada continued,

"In the European Parliament we face similar discrimination and therefore on June 1st, in partnership with the European Language Equality Network (ELEN), I will be hosting a language hearing focusing on the promotion, protection and revitalisation of lesser-used languages with a particular focus on the Irish language."Our language needs protecting and along with organisations such as Conradh, ELEN and the Culture Ministers north and south we will do all in our power to ensure it is." ENDS

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