DUP knew Acht Gaeilge essential to draft agreement – Murphy
Sinn Féin negotiator Conor Murphy has rejected a claim from DUP Leader Nigel Dodds that his party would never have agreed to an Irish Language act as part of a draft agreement to restore the power-sharing institutions.
The Newry Armagh MLA, responding to Nigel Dodds, said:
“The DUP leadership were at all times aware that an Acht Gaelige was required as part of a draft agreement.
“It was the DUP themselves who made it essential through their deliberate disrespect and abuse of the Irish language and culture. Legal protections were necessary to prevent any repeat of that abuse.
“But having eventually conceded to its inclusion in the draft agreement, the DUP then decided to renege on this and collapse the talks.
“As a result, instead of being back in a reformed Executive, the DUP have walked away from the process. In so doing, they have abandoned their responsibilities to our public services, leaving them at the mercy of their partners in the Tory Party with their twin agendas of a hard Brexit and harder austerity.”