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Gerry Adams congratulates Stadas after Government move on Irish language

15 July, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has given a warm welcome to the Irish Government's decision to seek official recognition for the Irish language in the European Union. Mr Adams congratulated the Stadas campaign for their determination and hard work in bringing the Government to this decision.

Mr Adams said:

"30 years ago the Government had the opportunity to seek official status for the Irish language, when the state first joined the Union. This decision is late in coming, but very welcome nonetheless.

"The Irish language has thrived in recent years, despite successive Government‚s neglect, and indifference north and south of the border. International recognition of the language at this stage will have a huge impact and influence for the one million plus Irish speakers and learners in this country, as well as opening up further employment opportunities for Irish speakers.

"Congratulations have to be given to members of the Stadas campaign and others, who, through determination and hard work, have brought the Government to this point."ENDS

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