Thursday, 24 January 2008

Jim Nicholson la Belfast Telegraph:

MEP Jim Nicholson today warned that Irish government attempts to push the status of Irish within EU states must come under scrutiny after claims the language was only spoken for half-an-hour in the European Parliament in the last year.

The Ulster Unionist also demanded a review of the use of Irish by EU officials, due in four years time, should be brought forward.

His attack came after the Irish Examiner newspaper reported six of Ireland's 13 MEPs have never used Irish in parliamentary debates since January of last year, and those who did took up only 30 minutes.

But Sinn Fein claimed the survey was flawed because it did not appear to include Mr Nicholson's MEP colleague Bairbre de Brun...

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