View Irish language version of this page JOIN US STAND UP DONATE


GEMMA BROLLY: Irish Language Act Must Not Be A Political Pawn In DUPs Game

NB for Journalists, see Letter to First Minister Attached

Aontú Rep for East Derry, Gemma Brolly has called for clarification on the commitment of the Northern Ireland Assembly and in particular the DUP to the Irish Language Act, following claims of intent to use the Irish Language Act as a ‘bargaining’ chip for ‘The Northern Ireland Protocol.’

Rep Brolly:

“The Irish Language Act was agreed as part of the “New Decade, New Approach” and had been promised to be completed within 100 days, yet here we are, over a year later with the threat now hanging over this agreement. Only a few days ago the First Minister reaffirmed this promise within the assembly, declaring that the legislation would be in place before the end of their remit, almost tempted to say “sin é” she stated.”

“Yet days later, a member of the same party has informed us, the language they have so often referred to as being ‘political,’ will now trump this purpose for their own intent by way of a bargaining chip for “the Northern Protocol.” While these actions appear to have little consequence for our political leaders, there is a nation of people, deeply concerned and lacking more and more in confidence in the political institutions of the North regarding provision for the language they cherish.”

“Aontú is fully committed to the Legislation and provision of the Irish Language Act and to removing the Irish language as a ‘political baton’ being ‘tossed’ about by various political parties. We will not tolerate such childish and unjust regard for the language we hold so dear. This behaviour resembles that of a playground yet it continuously occurs within the leadership of the North. We have sought clarification from the First Minister on these claims and also on a timescale within which the Irish language Act will be fully implemented.”

Aontú Press Statement - GB ILA Letter to PR
 

By Aontú Press | 25 March, 2021



Related Posts


The Irish political system is radically broken



In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder a half a billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.



Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.



Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.




STAND UP