Provision of Irish Language rights belongs to our future - Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said today that the UUP response to the legitimate demand for an Irish Language Act belongs to our divided past.
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir was speaking after the UUP restated its opposition to an act.
The South Belfast MLA said:
“The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 pledged ‘resolute action to promote the Irish language’ and the St Andrew’s Agreement of 2006 promised an Irish Language Act.
“An Irish Language Act is the only way to ensure effective promotion and respect for the Irish Language.
“The Irish language belongs to all.
“Acht Gaeilge is a right, like a Bill of Rights, marriage equality and the rights of families to coroners’ inquests,
“These basic rights are protected in England, Scotland, Wales and the rest of Ireland, it is time they were extended to the North.
“The UUP response to the legitimate demand for an Irish Language Act belongs to our divided past. The Irish language, its speakers and the provision of their rights belongs to our future.”