Saturday, 30 August 2008

Westminster kontraû Irlandalingvoj la Guardian:

Gordon Brown will not rescue the proposed Irish Language Act if, as now seems certain, unionists vote it down in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Downing Street fears that introducing such an act via Westminster would open the floodgates for legal claims to put other ethnic minority languages in Britain on the same par as English, government sources have told The Observer.

The legislation, a key Sinn Fein demand, would give Gaelic equal status to English in Northern Ireland.

But if the Democratic Unionists block the move ministers would also turn down requests for it be introduced via the back door from Westminster, senior sources said this weekend.....

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