Saturday, 15 August 2009

La SDLP kaj la Irlandalingvo



Spreaking at the Pobal organised meeting on the 1737 Justice Act, Pól Ó Ceallacháin of the SDLP, speaking on behalf of Mark Durkin the SDLP leader, promised action on the question of the 1737 Justice Act.
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The act, which has bee described by lawyers and historian Eamon Phoenix as a 'penal law' effectively bans the Irish language from courts in the North.

Mr Ó Ceallacháin informed the well attended meeting that should the appeal following the recent 'Mac Giolla Catháin case' fail, then the SDLP is committed to introducing a bill in the assembly on the issue.
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As policing and justice is a reserved matter, it is difficult to see how the SDLP's bill would operate, however it would clearly be widely welcomed by Irish speakers.

Janet Muller of Pobal suggested at the meeting that the most sensible course of action for the British government would be to quietly drop the Act at the earliest opportunity.

2 comments:

Paul said...

Tá sé fíor-cheart nó go bhfuil cumhachtaí na cúirteanna fós faoi smacht Westminster. Mar sin, ba mhaith liom a rá go ndúirt mé go mbeadh Mark Durkan MP thar a bheith sásta chun bille a chur síos i bParliamente chun an cosc seo a h-aisghairm.

It is correct to state that the courts are regulated under the reserved powers held by Westminster. Therefore, what I said was that Mark Durkan as an MP is willing to table a bill in Parliament to repeal this ban (on Irish in the courts).

The confusion may have arisen from my use of the term 'Parliaminte' in Irish specifically to refer to the Westminster Parliament, rather than to the Stormont Assembly.

Daithí said...

”… Therefore, what I said was that Mark Durkan as an MP is willing to table a bill in Parliament to repeal this ban (on Irish in the courts)...”

Scríobhadh litir do Mark Durkan an mhí seo caite.

Oni skribis leteron Markon Durkan pasintmonate.

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