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Adams raises Irish Language Act with British Prime Minister

14 March, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today raised the issue of the Irish Language Act and the British governments handling of this issue with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and then separately with the British Secretary of State Peter Hain.

Mr. Adams said:

"There is no reason for a second consultation period. The previous consultation produced an overwhelming response in support of the introduction of an Irish Language Bill.

"I made it clear to both Mr. Blair and Mr. Hain that we were very critical of the way in which they have handled this issue and that we intend to press them on honouring their St. Andrews commitment to introduce an Irish Language Act.

"I would also appeal to Irish Language activists to step up the campaigning around this issue." ENDS  

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