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International support for Irish Language Act at ‘boiling point’

By Staff Reporter

CALLS for an Irish Language Act are reaching “boiling point” according to Belfast-based advocacy group POBAL.

The organisation spoke out following the publication of the latest report by independent Council of Europe monitors, who observe language issues. They have recommended the development of “comprehensive legislation” on Irish in the North and further protect the rights of speakers.

POBAL had previously met with the Council of Europe’s advisory committee to discuss the ongoing campaign for the implementation of the act

This week the group’s CEO Janet Muller said: “It is highly significant given the broad range of issues which the Advisory Committee have commented on throughout England, Scotland, Wales and the North that they have focussed on the Irish language as a key matter for immediate resolution. This is the latest in a series of important international judgements which POBAL has been involved with regarding Irish language rights here and we are pleased that our work has had such an impact.

“Following our major international event in Stormont in November on the Irish language Act, POBAL is currently updating our proposals for the Irish Language Act, and we shall re-issuing the 2012 edition of the proposals for legislation shortly. International support for this is reaching boiling point.”

Meanwhile, the advisory committee also expressed concern over proposed funding cuts for groups including POBAL, the lack of signage in Irish, and the lack of permanent funding for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.


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