Monday, 20 October 2008

Stormont kaj la Irlandalingvo la Irish Times:

How the DUP handles plans for an Irish Language Act will indicate whether powersharing in Northern Ireland will work or is doomed to failure, Gerry Adams said tonight.

The Sinn Féin leader said the issues of equality involved in the debate over legislative protection for gaelic speakers were the same as those at the heart of the current impasse at Stormont.

The West Belfast MP said DUP opposition to an act was indicative of the party’s unwillingness to fully sign up to the principles of partnership and equality.

He was speaking after a meeting with DUP Culture Minister Gregory Campbell. Mr Campbell’s predecessor and party colleague Edwin Poots ruled out an Irish Language Act citing its prohibitive costs.

He instead committed to furthering the interests of Irish speakers through a minority language strategy.

However Sinn Féin claims the full Act is required by the terms of the 2006 St Andrews Agreement upon which devolution was set up in Northern Ireland last year...

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