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Anger at Stormont business committee handling of Irish language

5 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Irish language spokesperson, Francie Brolly, has said he is strongly critical of the unnecessary bureaucracy associated with the Assembly Business Committee on the day that submission on the Irish language consultation to DCAL closes.

Mr Brolly had submitted an oral question to the Minister for Education Caitríona Ruane's office through the Assembly business committee in Irish, as the question related to Irish medium education and both members are fluent Irish speakers.

Mr Brolly said,

"It is ironic that on the final day when the community are submitting their submissions on the future of the language, the Assembly bureaucrats are refusing to accommodate Irish speakers.

"This further highlights the need for a rights based Irish language Act which includes provisos for the Assembly and local councils. I urge the business committee of the Assembly to apply common sense regarding the Irish language and accommodate elected representatives who have been given a mandate by the Irish language community." ENDS

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