West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Strabane Council called upon to back Irish Language Rights Motion

Published: 7 April, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin has tabled a motion to Strabane District Council calling upon councillors to support the "Lá Dearg na Gaeilge" event in Belfast on the 12 April 2014 which is being held to demand equal rights for Irish Language speakers.

Speaking about the motion, which is up for debate at tonight's Council meeting, Cllr Carlin said,

"The British/Irish governments and Assembly Executive stand in default of their responsibilities towards the Irish language flowing from the terms of the EU Charter for Minority Languages, the Good Friday Agreement and ST Andrew's Agreements- not least because of the continued failure to bring forward Acht na Gaeilge (The Irish Language Act) which would enshrine language rights for Irish speakers into law.

"The campaign for language rights and equality is once again taking to the streets to demonstrate this strong, clear demand of the Irish language community. Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on the 15 February to voice this campaign demand and this Saturday, 12 April, the next major rally has been organised for Belfast City Centre commencing at 2 pm.

"Many people from the local Irish language community will be attending this event and it is important that we, as their local Council, show our support to what is an integral part of the linguistic, cultural and social fabric of our community and that we send out a strong message that basic Irish language rights can no longer be wilfully denied for narrow-minded political purposes .