Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Bairbre de Brún UTV:

Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward should move now to introduce measures to promote the Irish language, a former Stormont minister insisted today.

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brun said as Irish language activists lobbied the European Parliament and European Commission officials about the need to protect the rights of Irish speakers in Northern Ireland that Mr Woodward could take measures for the language at Westminster.

"There is a need for specific measures at Westminster, measures relating to the media," Ms de Brun said.

"A lot of help has been given to languages in Scotland and in Wales and that has been done through Westminster.

"These are things that Shaun Woodward can and should do as of now.

"There are steps both the British Government and the Stormont Executive need to take as of now."

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