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British act in bad faith on Irish Language Bill

13 March, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking this evening following the failure of the British Government to publish their draft Irish Language Bill said:

"The British government decision to introduce a second 12 week consultation period around the Irish Language Act is a clear breach of a commitment by the British government to publish a draft Irish Language Bill today.

"Instead of doing what he committed to do the British Secretary of State Peter Hain has played bad politics with the Irish language.

"The consultation process which began on December 13th last year attracted overwhelmingly positive responses.

"The imposition of a second consultation period ignores this clear endorsement for an Irish Language Act.

"Peter Hain has acted in bad faith. It has been my consistent view that his tactical approach to this issue is totally expedient and I warned Irish language activists and campaigning groups about this over the last few months. I also told Mr Hain this in a telephone conversation this afternoon.

"As I said earlier today there is a need for the Irish language community to redouble our efforts in the time ahead." ENDS

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