Ó Donnghaile backs Dublin Irish language rights march
Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said greater respect must be shown to Irish Language speakers.
Speaking in support of the ‘Morshiúl ar son na Gaeilge’ march for Irish Language rights in Dublin this Saturday Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:
“It is time now to end the denial of rights and disrespect shown to the Irish language, culture and identity.
“In the north Irish speakers are denied rights which citizens in the rest of Ireland, in Scotland and in Wales enjoy.
“Irish language rights are a central part of the Good Friday Agreement and an Acht Gaeilge is a part of the 2006 St Andrew’s Agreement.
"Acht Gaeilge is an issue of respect, an issue of recognition and an issue of rights. It has both practical and symbolic importance in recognising and respecting Irish national identity.
“In the South capital funding for Úadrás na Gaeltachta has been cut by 70 percent €71m in 2008 to just €10m this year.
“Dublin remains without a Cultúrlann of its own and Gaeltacht communities like Tory island are being asked to accept ferries that are 40 years-old.
“There is no senior government minister with responsibility for Irish. The ‘Straitéis 20 Bliain’ action plan has not been implemented and the government still refuses to develop a plan for Gaeloideachas, a massive barrier to the growth and development of the language.
“Irish language speakers deserve better, they deserve respect and equality.”