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British and Irish governments have responsibilities to Irish speakers - Ó Donnghaile

22 June, 2016 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the British and Irish governments have a responsibility to fulfil their commitments to protect the rights of Irish speakers in the North. 

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said; 

"Ten years ago in the St Andrew's Agreement the British and Irish governments signed up to support the introduction of legislation to protect the rights of Irish language speakers. 

"A decade later and the Irish language community in the north is still waiting. 

"When questioned about this at a recent meeting of a United Nations committee a representative of the British government refused to answer. That is unacceptable. 

"The British government needs to step up to the plate and fulfil its commitment to the Irish language community. 

"The Irish government too has a role to play as a joint signatory to the St Andrew's Agreement to ensure the rights of Irish speakers are protected."

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