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Gerry Adams welcomes Open Letter on Acht Gaeilge

29 May, 2019 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the publication of the open letter to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May from civic society supporting an Acht Gaeilge.

Gerry Adams raised the issue in the Dáil today and was disappointed that the Minister had not read the public letter.

The Louth TD was asking Sean Kyne TD, the Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands about the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill which will introduce a statutory plan for the provision of services in the Irish language.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Minister had not read the open letter published this morning, and addressed to the Taoiseach, from a wide range of citizens in civic society seeking support for Acht Gaeilge. I hope that Minister Kyne has now had an opportunity to do that and I have written to him asking for his support for the initiative. The Taoiseach too has a responsibility to respond positively to this initiative.

"Last Friday’s Red C election exit poll indicated that sixty per cent of people believe it is important to use, promote and protect the Irish language.

"Today citizens from the worlds of sport, education, trade unions, politics and academia signed an open letter to Àn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British Prime Minister Theresa May calling for the implementation of the commitment on An Acht Gaeilge.

"The British government specifically committed in the Good Friday Agreement to ‘take resolute action to promote the language; facilitate and encourage the use of the language in speech and writing in public and private life where there is appropriate demand; make provision for liaising with the Irish language community, representing their views to public authorities and investigating complaints’, and much more.

"In the St. Andrew’s Agreement, the British government committed to “introduce an Irish Language Act.

"This open letter is a significant reminder that there is a clear public desire for this commitment to be delivered as part of the current negotiations." 

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