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'Antrim & Newtownabbey Council u-turn a victory for Irish speakers' - Logue

7 September, 2018 - by Anne-Maire Logue

Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Logue has welcomed today’s decision by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to abandon its ‘English Only’ policy for naming of street signage. 

Speaking after the Council announced the u-turn in Belfast’s High Court, Anne Marie Logue said:

“I would like to commend the Irish language community on their campaign to successfully have this discriminatory ‘English Only’ street signage policy overturned. 

“Antrim & Newtownabbey, contrary to all other Councils in the north, disregarded equality legislation, in an affront to citizens’ rights and the principles of parity of esteem and mutual respect enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.

“There is a strong and vibrant Irish language community in South Antrim, the language is alive and it should be allowed to thrive and street signage is an integral part of publicly expressing the language. 

“Irish language speakers have a right to recognise of their language and culture and to have these rights protected under the law. 

“Today’s victory in the High Court highlights the lack of respect shown towards Irish identity and further focuses the need for the Acht na Gaeilge to guarantee legal protections for the language.”

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