Ó Muilleoir says Civil Servants should not avoid Irish Language Responsibilities
Commenting upon the announcement of an ‘Outcomes Delivery Plan’ by the Civil Service in the north, Sinn Féin Irish Language spokesperson Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said that the Civil Service cannot avoid responsibilities to the Irish Language in the absence of the Executive.
The South Belfast MLA said the DUP’s failure to deliver on an Irish Language Act does not negate existing responsibilities:
“Sinn Féin remain absolutely committed to the enactment of Acht Gaeilge. The failure of the British Government to fulfil their previous commitments and the failure of the DUP to deliver, do not change the responsibilities that are already placed on the Civil Service to deliver for Irish speakers.
“It is a matter of concern that the Civil Service have not laid out any plans on how they will deal with their current responsibilities to Irish Medium Education or to the provision of services in the Irish Language as required under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.
“There is no mention of an Irish Language Strategy or of a way forward for the ‘resolute action’ promised in the Good Friday Agreement.”
Ó Muilleoir concluded:
“Sinn Féin remain committed to the re-establishment of the political institutions in the north, based on equality and respect for all. We are also committed to ensuring public institutions fulfil their current responsibilities to the Irish Language community. It is my intention to request a meeting with the head of the Civil Service to discuss their obligations.”