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Ó Muilleoir welcomes international support for an Irish language commissioner

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Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has welcomed support for an Irish Language Commissioner for the north from a number of Language Commissioners in Europe and Canada.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:

“Eleven language commissioners from Canada, Spain, Wales, Ireland, Kosovo and Belgium have signed the letter of support of an Irish language commissioner for the north in a letter to Conradh na Gaeilge.

“An Irish language commissioner would be vital in protecting language rights in the north and will help facilitate the use of the Irish language.

“Irish language speakers are entitled to the same language rights as enjoyed by citizens who live their daily lives through the medium of English.

“There needs to be Irish language rights and legal protections in the north, just as there is elsewhere on these islands.

“The British Government has an onerous obligation to promote the Irish language in the North under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the campaign for an Acht Gaeilge which includes rights and legal protections for Irish speakers in the north, just as exists elsewhere on these islands.

“There needs to be Irish language rights and legal protections in the north, just as there is elsewhere on these islands.

“The British Government has an onerous obligation to promote the Irish language in the North under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.”

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