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Constructive meeting with Ulster University on bilingual signage - Archibald

2 July, 2020 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed a positive meeting with Ulster University on the decision by UU Student's Union (UUSU) to erect bilingual signage within its buildings.

Caoimhe Archibald said:

"Sinn Féin has been working with Ulster University since the decision was taken by UUSU in late 2018 to erect bilingual signage within its buildings but almost two years on the signage has not been erected.

"Following a screening decision by the University, an Equality Impact Assessment into the decision by UUSU will be launched after the Summer months.

"This week we held a constructive meeting with Ulster University and we want to see resolute action to enact the decision and see the signage in place at last.

"What we want is equality and for the university upholds its duty to promote the Irish language.

"Cruinniú fiúntach a bhí ann agus tá muid ag súil le bheith ag comhoibriú leis an ollscoil amach anseo.

"We also raised the issue of the increase in tuition fees for all part-time courses within the university and highlighting in particular access to the Irish Diploma.

"This diploma has done untold work in challenging narratives around the language across the north and I would not want to see a price increase dissuade people from undertaking the diploma. We want to see the removal of barriers to participation in education.

"Sinn Féin will continue to work to ensure that the inclusion and promotion of the language is facilitated in the Higher Education Sector."

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