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Sinn Féin pledge support for Lá Dearg march

18 May, 2017 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sinn Féin MLA and South Belfast candidate Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has pledged Sinn Féin’s support for this Saturday’s Lá Dearg march in Belfast for an Irish Language Act.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir was speaking at the launch of several hundred Acht na Gaeilge balloons outside the Falls Road’s Cultúrlann Mac Adam Ó Fiaich in support of the demand for an Irish Langauge Act.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:

“Irish language speakers and enthusiasts are entitled to equal rights with every other citizen and Saturday’s march to the City Hall is for equality for Gaeilgeoirí.

“The British government and the DUP agreed to an Irish Language Act more than ten years. They have failed to honour that agreement and other agreements on equality and legacy.

“Agreements must be implemented if public confidence is to restored in the political institutions.

“It is not just political activists who are demanding an Irish Language Act. Thousands of children in this city and throughout the North are taught through the medium of Irish. This is for their future.

“This An Dream Dearg march is about equality, respect and rights for all. Equality threatens no one. The Irish language is for all and I would call on people to come out and show their support on Saturday.

“I am also pleased to see over 35 organisations including those Arlene Foster met take an advert in today's press refuting her claim that only ‘very few’ want an Irish Language Act. The reality is the Irish Language community won't rest until the DUP concedes their right to an Irish Language Act.”

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