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Bairbre de Brún expresses support for campaign for Irish Language Act in 6 counties

8 February, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún is supporting the Pobal campaign for an Irish Language Act for the six counties.

Ms de Brún was speaking after an event in Belfast city centre were Pobal launched their plans for an Irish Language Act following a year long consultation with the Irish language community.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Legislation has been introduced throughout the world to protect indigenous languages. I commend Pobal's work on this issue and they have drafted proposals for a comprehensive act. Irish language speakers in the six counties should have the same rights as those in the rest of the country.

"Sinn Féin will be making the case to the Irish government, the British government and the other political parties. This is a worthwhile project which deserves everyone's support.

"We will be ensuring that the rights of Irish speakers and the framework to develop the language as recommended in this act are at the centre of any negotiations between ourselves and the two governments and other political parties.

"Pobal will ensure that Irish will have a place in the future, that Irish language speakers have clear rights, and that the state is aware of its duties and responsibilities." ENDS

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