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Councillor Walsh welcomes launch of Belfast Irish language policy

21 April, 2017 - by Séanna Walsh

Sinn Féin Councillor Séanna Walsh has welcomed news that Belfast City Council is to launch a Draft Language Policy, which will have a focus on the Irish Language.

Councillor Walsh said:

“The launching of the language policy is a welcome step in recognising the Irish language and role it plays in our society and in the city.

“This is one of the many steps taken on the back of Sinn Féin’s equality strategy.

“The language policy if passed will see Irish being used in tourism and cultural initiatives as well as in council events, facilities and in the council chamber.

“Irish will also be used on the council website and bilingual press statements made available and the appointment of an Irish language officer will help deliver on all these proposals.

“The policy will also see the development of Ulster Scots, other minority languages and sign language. 

“The Irish Language belongs to all our citizens and threatens no one. I would encourage all groups and those interested in languages to partake in the consultation process when issued.”

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