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'Denying someone the correct form of their name is a clear denial of rights' - Maskey

27 March, 2019 - by Paul Maskey


Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said it is not acceptable that Irish language names are not fully accommodated on medical cards in the north.

The West Belfast MP said:“I have been lobbying on behalf of a constituent who has been trying to get his son’s Irish language name on his medical card.“I have now received confirmation from the Chief Executive of the HSC that the fada cannot be included on medical cards.“The fada is an integral part of the Irish language and it is unacceptable that it is not accommodated.“Denying someone the correct form of their name is a clear denial of rights.“This is yet another indication of the disrespect and lack of regard shown to the Irish language from official bodies and is precisely why we need an Irish Language Act.

“Sinn Féin will continue to work to ensure the Irish language and Irish language community get the respect and protection they deserve.”

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