GEMMA BROLLY: Causeway Coast and Glens Vote Down Motion to Reduce Threshold of Support for Bilingual Signage
Aontú Rep for East Derry, Gemma Brolly, has criticised the continued politicisation of the Irish language for political gain and an effort to stop the growth of the Irish language in the North in the face of adversity and opposition.
“The politicisation of the Irish language unfortunately continues in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council following the recent refusal to reduce the threshold of support to ensure improved access to bilingual street signage, therefore complying with the United Nations and internationally adopted rights.”
“The news however, a short time later that Irish medium enrolments have passed 7000 in the North of the country for the first time not only reminds us of how far the Irish language has come, even in the face of adversity, but it powers on the tremendous efforts and sacrifices made by so many, inspiring us to continue to demand equality for the language we love, while carrying ourselves with respect for the rights of all in our community.”
“Tugann Aontú ardmholadh don phobal uilig a thug tacaíocht I ndóigh ar bith don ghaelscolaíocht, don teanga í féin. Comhghairdeas agus go raibh maith agaibh. Geallaimid chun an troid a leanstan do cheartas, cothromas agus cóir sna 32 chontae ó thaobh ár dteanga.”
“Aontú praises all the communities who have supported Irish Medium Education in any way, who have supported the language itself. Congratulations and thank you. We will continue in the fight for rights, equality and justice of our language in the 32 counties.”
“’Is fearr obair ná caint.’ We will continue to ‘work’ to achieve equal rights and respect for the Irish language while others continue to ‘talk.’”