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Adams and de Brún launch of Irish Language manifesto and website

22 February, 2007

Speaking after the launch of the Irish language manifesto in Cultúrlann Mac Adam Ó Fiaich today, Gerry Adams reaffirmed his party's position on the rights of Irish speakers on the island of Ireland and assured a bright future for the language, providing the British government keep the promises made during the St Andrews Agreement.

"I believe our manifesto lays out clearly the needs for an Irish language Act in the six counties and the case of high school teacher Maire Nic An Bhaird, arrested for speaking Irish, and the threatened closure of Scoil Éanna in Glengormley strengthens our demand."

"We demand an Irish Language Act which is based on the following principles;
· Keep to the time-frame and spirit of the St Andrews commitment
· Place Irish speakers Rights at the heart of the Act
· Make available adequate resources to implement the Act
· Appoint an Irish Language Commissioner for the North." ENDS

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