Irish Language Rally
Sinn Féin MEP and Irish language activist Bairbre de Brún will attend an Irish language rally in Belfast calling for an Irish language act in the six counties following the second DCAL consultation.
Speaking today from Brussels, Ms De Brún said,
"it is essential that there is a huge presence at this national march on Saturday 9 June 2007 to demand equality and rights for Irish speakers. Languages throughout the world have been afforded legislation and safeguards and we demand rights enshrined in the six counties as is enjoyed in the 26 counties.
"Proposals submitted by POBAL and Sinn Féin demand a rights based approach. Sinn Féin demands are based on four principles:
- That the promises made in the St Andrews agreement are honoured,
- that rights are at the heart of the Act,
- that the Act is sufficiently resourced; and
- that a powerful oversight commissioner is appointed.
"Therefore I shall be in Belfast on Saturday celebrating our language and demanding an Irish Language Act for the Six counties." Ends
Note to Editor - The march will meet at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich at 1pm and march to Poets square in the centre of Belfast, where it will be greeted by guest speakers, musicians and craic for all.