Monday, 21 January 2008

Irlanda-America Unueco-Konerenco

… de la blogo, From the Balcony, de Máirtín Ó Muilleoir:

The Irish American Unity Conference today condemned the recent anti-Irish language actions of DUP Minister Edwin Poots, emphasizing the potential of such blatantly discriminatory decisions to overshadow recent attempts to attract foreign investment and promote fair employment in the "new Northern Ireland."

In October, Poots blocked the Irish Language Act promised by the British government at St. Andrew's despite receiving overwhelming support, citing the belief that the promotion of the language could "undermine good relations" and "entrench patterns of antipathy and suspicions."

Now, the Minister's office has removed the funding for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund from the budget. Poots' stated position on the promotion of Irish as divisive calls into question his department's ability to foster dialogue and serves only to polarize community relations.

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