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Irish Language Act

13 December, 2006

Sinn Féin Human Rights and Equality Spokesperson, Caitriona Ruane MLA commenting on the launch of the consultation on the Irish Language Act has said that the legislation must not be diluted and said that Sinn Fein want to see the creation of a Language Commissioner and sufficient resources to support the full implementation of the legislation.

Ms Ruane said:

"Sinn Féin has consistently raised this issue with the British government and at St. Andrews the British government committed itself to 'introduce an Irish Language Act.'

"Irish language speakers in the north are entitled to the same rights and entitlements as everyone else.

"Of course, there will be resistance to an Irish Language Act but it is essential that this consultation process delivers maximum protections and fundamentally ensures that there are sufficient resources to promote Irish.

"Sinn Féin also want to see a specific commitment to an Irish Language Commissioner similar to the one operating in the south to ensure that there is an end to the piecemeal approach and foot dragging that has characterised the implementation of previous commitments to the Irish language.

"Beimid ag cinntiú go bhfuil cearta do Ghaeilgeoirí, agus creatlach dleathach d'fhorbairt na teanga mar a mholtar san Acht seo, beidh muid ag cinntiú go mbeidh siad ag croí-lár na gcainteanna idir muid féin, an dá rialtas agus na páirtithe eile." ENDS

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