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Dont use the Irish language as a political football - Brolly

22 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Irish langauge spokesperson, Francie Brolly MLA has criticised the negativity towards the Irish language Act from Unionism, especially Jim Allister MEP.

Replying to comments made by Mr Allister, Francie Brolly said,

"Jim Allister is only interested in playing games with the Irish language. Instead he should use his political clout to demand language rights for all as is the case in the European Union. Mr Allister is worried about the costs of the legislation. If he were to do a cost-benefit analysis he would find that Irish speakers are tax payers also, that over 4000 children attend Irish Medium Education and there is similar legislation in the 26 counties and in Scotland. Instead of creating arguements I implore Mr Allister to claim and protect his cultural heritage"

"Sinn Féin wants a comprehensive, right-based and powerful act as envisaged in the proposals agreed by the Irish language community and we are the only party to constantly demand this and put the language at the centre of negotiations since the Good Friday Agreement onwards."

"We demand cross party support for our human rights/ language rights." Ends/ deireadh

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