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Adams backs Acht at Conradh na Gaeilge event in Belfast

30 August, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has praised the campaign by Irish Language activists to mobilise community and political support for an Acht Gaeilge.

Speaking at a Conradh na Gaeilge event in Belfast this morning, Mr Adams said:

“I want to commend Conradh na Gaeilge and the many other Irish language activists and campaign groups who are working hard for equality for Irish language speakers and for an Acht Gaeilge. 

Mr Adams added:

"I am here today in solidarity with the Irish Language community as a demonstration of Sinn Féin’s support for a standalone, rights-based Irish Language Act.

"The British Government and Unionist parties have failed to fulfil their commitment to an Acht Gaeilge and to the full implementation of the Good Friday and St Andrew's Agreements. 

"Implementation of these matters must be a bedrock of any future Executive.

"Equality must be a bedrock for any future Executive. 

"The rights of Irish speakers must be recognised and respected.

“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 citizens living in the North.”

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