Thursday, 17 January 2008

Francie Brolly, MLA la Belfast Telegraph:

It is certainly unfortunate that the straightforward issue of language rights, a non-controversial issue in Wales, Scotland, the south of Ireland and throughout Europe, an issue which should be judged in the same light as any other expression of human rights, has become a political football by certain sections of unionism.

According to the latest census, 75,000 people within the six counties 'speak, read, write and understand Irish' with a further 167,000 people who said they had 'some knowledge of Irish'.

The issue of the Irish language is not just a nationalist issue. The Irish language is part of the cultural heritage of all of us...

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