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Legislation required to protect rights of Irish speakers - Ó Donnghaile

4 April, 2016 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin's Niall Ó Donnghaile has said legislation is required to protect the rights of Irish speakers. 

Councillor Ó Donnghaile said; 

"Sinn Féin has been to the fore in calling for legislation to protect the rights and entitlements of the Irish language community. 

"We have also called for legislation which reflects the fact that growing numbers of people in society use Irish everyday, including provision for Irish to be used in the courts.

"As Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín has done tremendous work to promote the rights of Irish speakers, launching the Líofa initiative and holding a consultation on an Irish Language Act which had almost 13,000 respondents.  Those responses showed 95 per cent support for legislation for an Irish Language Act now. 

"Unionists in the Executive who are continuing to block the introduction of an Acht na Gaeilge are out of step with the views of the majority of people in the community. 

"The Irish language belongs to everyone and no one has anything to fear from legislation to protect the rights of Irish speakers. 

"This is an important human rights and equality issue and Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for Acht na Gaeilge."

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