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Sinn Féin hold Westminster lobby on Irish Language Act

6 December, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today led a party of lobby of Westminster MPs on the issue of an Irish Language Act. Mr Murphy also attended a press launch in Westminster of draft proposals for such an Act drawn up by Pobal.

Mr Murphy said:

"It was Sinn Féin alone who have consistently raised the issue of language rights for Irish speakers during the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement and since. More recently at St. Andrews we put this issue of an Irish Language Act on the table and secured a commitment from the British government that they would deliver this very necessary piece of legislation.

"Today's lobby is about securing a wide cross section of support for an Irish Language Act amongst MPs and ensuring that the British government honour the commitment they have entered into. The reality is that rejectionist unionism and elements of the British system will fight tooth and nail to prevent this Act from becoming law.

"We must demonstrate an even greater determination to ensure that they fail and that an Irish Language Act becomes a reality. It is an issue of equality and Parity of Esteem. Irish threatens no-one and we will not allow our rights to be subject to the whims and dislikes of our political opponents or bigots." ENDS

Editors Note: In addition to attending the launch of the Pobal draft proposals, Mr Murphy will meet with Mps from Labour, Conservative, Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru.

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