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Anderson stands up for Gaeilge in EU Parliament

21 November, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Speaking to a report on official EU languages in Strasbourg this week Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said:

“Tá Leagan Gaeilge do Shuíomh gréasáin na Parlaiminte seo de dhíth anois

“For almost 6 years this Parliament has breached the principle of non-discrimination, by producing its website in 22 of the 23 official EU Languages, but not in Irish.

“This blatant discrimination against the marginalised cannot be justified.

“The Irish language derogation does not justify it - it concerns legislation, and not communication with the public.  Nor is there any shortage of qualified translators.

“For almost 2 years the European Parliament has in fact been defying Council Regulation 1257 of 20 Dec 2010, which says clearly: ‘The institutions will continue to take steps to improve access to information in Irish on the activities of the Union’.

“The passing of the report on the recording of interventions in plenary should at least ensure that speeches made in Irish will remain on the website in Irish and not be removed as soon as they are translated into English. A small but important step!

“A formal complaint of language discrimination against the European Parliament has now been lodged with the European Ombudsman.  Tá sá thar am go mbeadh cothrom na Feinne againn anseo".

Martina Anderson added:“In response to a letter which I wrote to Vice President Miguel Ángel Martinez who has responsibility for multilingualism within the Parliament, I have now secured a meeting to discuss this issue further.

“I intend to pursue this matter until it is satisfactorily resolved and Irish takes its rightful place alongside the other 22 Official languages of the EU Parliament”. CRÍOCH

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