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Irish Language Act hampering Northern Ireland power-sharing | UK news | The Guardian

28.6.17

Irish Language Act hampering Northern Ireland power-sharing | UK news | The Guardian: As Thursday’s deadline looms, the establishment of such an act remains one of the republican party’s core demands in the negotiations and, if agreed on by unionists, would put Irish on an equal par with English in the region.

Speaking at Stormont on Tuesday evening, Sinn F�in’s national chairman Declan Kearney accused the DUP of being “in default” over previous commitments to bring in an Irish Language Act.

Kearney stressed that issues such as the Irish language were “absolutely pivotal” to protecting the rights of citizens. He said that only a “standalone” Irish Language Act that excludes other languages spoken in Northern Ireland from this legislation was acceptable.


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