17th June 2021
15 years on from promise to introduce Irish language Act at St Andrew’s, British Government must now finally deliver on their Irish language obligations by October 2021 as promised, with Commissioner appointed by no later than March 2022
Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, said:
The cross party letter published this week by Conradh na Gaeilge called specifically for a new timeline for the implementation of the Irish language legislation promised in New Decade New Approach this year. More than 500 days on and we have now received a commitment from the British Government that they will implement the language legislation by October, if the Assembly fail to do so by September. This is a welcome development in the campaign for language rights here and is a result of the long-standing community campaign for #AchtAnois over many years. We wish to commend all of those who continue to stand up for language rights here and their commitment to the campaign.
Conchúr Ó Muadaigh, Advocacy Manager, Conradh na Gaeilge, said:
The DUP are refusing to honour their New Decade New Approach commitments regarding the Irish language. Now the British and Irish Governments, as co-guarantors of the agreements, have stepped in. This intervention must be greeted with a cautious welcome, given the British Government has not implemented the 2006 St Andrew’s commitment to introduce an Irish language Act to date, and given their historic record on language rights here. We will now work with local parties to try and achieve local delivery first, and alongside those efforts, we will continue our work with Westminster parties to ensure that the legislation comes through in this mandate as promised.
Conchúr Ó Muadaigh
Bainisteoir Abhcóideachta, Conradh na Gaeilge
Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh
Bainisteoir Cumarsáide, Conradh na gaeilge
NÓTA DON EAGARTHÓIR:
Is é Conradh na Gaeilge fóram daonlathach phobal na Gaeilge. Tá níos mó ná 200 craobh agus an iliomad ball aonair ag an gConradh ar fud na cruinne, baill a bhíonn ag saothrú chun úsáid na teanga a chur chun cinn ina gceantar féin. Is í príomhaidhm na heagraíochta an Ghaeilge a spreagadh mar ghnáth-theanga labhartha na hÉireann. Bhunaigh Dubhghlas de hÍde, Eoin Mac Néill, agus comhghleacaithe leo Conradh na Gaeilge ar 31 Iúil 1893. Tá idir ranganna Gaeilge; abhcóideacht ar son chearta teanga; fheachtais feasachta; Seachtain na Gaeilge; PEIG.ie, lárphointe eolais don Ghaeilge; An Siopa Leabhar; thacaíocht do Raidió Rí-Rá; agus eile ar bun ag an eagraíocht ó shin i leith. Tuilleadh eolais: www.cnag.ie