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Taoiseach hears that the Irish Language Act is the latest victim of a Gutted Good Friday Agreement

During Leaders Questions in the Dail today the Aontú Leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has stated that the Irish Language Act is the latest victim of a Gutted Good Friday Agreement. Deputy Tóibín stated;    

“Its hard to remember a time since the Good Friday Agreement when the political infrastructure of the north of Ireland was in such chaos. In the north there are 44,000 people on housing waiting lists. There are 260,000 people on hospital waiting lists for over one year, that’s 1 in 7 people in the north. 300,000 men, women and children are living in poverty and the cost of living crisis is engulfing families. Yet the Executive charged with fixing this has been crashed again”.

 

“That the government of a society, in the confluence of these crises, is suspended, would be not be tolerated in any other democracy in the world. The Good Friday Agreement has been gutted. Executive is not functioning. The North South Ministerial Council, which was the significant reason for Nationalists to sign up to the Good Friday Agreement in the first place is not functioning.  There is no sign of resolution either. The DUP state that if a Nationalist holds the position of the largest party that they may accept the position of Deputy First Minister. Shockingly the DUP have stated, that even after the people of the north exercise their democratic vote on May the 5th that there will be no democratic government in the north until they have their way”.

 

“Now the DUP have 8% of the vote in Ireland as a whole and are polling at 19% in the north at the moment. 85% of the people of Ireland voted for the GFA. Such an obvious violation of the democratic will of the people would not be tolerated in any other democracy on the planet. Why is it tolerated here? On the streets the UDA & UVF are still active. Yet British Government officials are still meeting them. The DUP consider them 'Stakeholders'. How is this tolerated”?

 

“Today the North of Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has said he will not bring forward Irish language legislation at Westminster before May's assembly election. The Irish Language Act has been promised for 15 years. SF returned to Stormont in January 2020 after previously collapsing it, because they said, they had achieved an Irish Language Act. In a combination of bad faith by London and naivety from SF, we find out this morning that that commitment was hocus pocus all along”.

  

“The British and Irish governments are the co guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement. Its safe to say that neither Government are co guaranteeing anything. The Irish Government is sitting on their hands and keeping their heads down hoping that the crisis will just go away. It cannot be ignored any longer. Taoiseach you were in Washington two weeks ago. The White House is one of the few cards this country has to play in terms of leverage to protect the Good Friday Agreement. What material help have you gained from the White House to protect the Good Friday Agreement before it completely collapses”?  

 

“It is a clear crystal that the political system in the north is well and truly broken. It needs to be fixed. Not with a sticking plaster of getting it up and running with a pretend compromise that’s never implemented. The current arrangements are a recipe for decades of political instability and dysfunction. The political institutions in the north need to be reformed. Aontú is calling for MLAs salaries not to be paid if their party refuse to allow the executive to function. A nurse, a teacher or a postman would not get paid if they refuse to do their job. Why should MLAs”?

 

“There must be a cross community protections to the function of the executive. But it must be reformed to prevent one party being able to tear it down. Refusal to operate the North South Ministerial Council is against the law. There must be a penalty to breaking the law. And the Government MUST ramp up the pressure of the British Government on the delivery of the Irish Language Act, now”.      

Taoiseach hears that the Irish Language Act is the latest victim of a Gutted Good Friday Agreement

 

During Leaders Questions in the Dail today the Aontú Leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has stated that the Irish Language Act is the latest victim of a Gutted Good Friday Agreement. Deputy Tóibín stated;    

 

“Its hard to remember a time since the Good Friday Agreement when the political infrastructure of the north of Ireland was in such chaos. In the north there are 44,000 people on housing waiting lists. There are 260,000 people on hospital waiting lists for over one year, that’s 1 in 7 people in the north. 300,000 men, women and children are living in poverty and the cost of living crisis is engulfing families. Yet the Executive charged with fixing this has been crashed again”.

 

“That the government of a society, in the confluence of these crises, is suspended, would be not be tolerated in any other democracy in the world. The Good Friday Agreement has been gutted. Executive is not functioning. The North South Ministerial Council, which was the significant reason for Nationalists to sign up to the Good Friday Agreement in the first place is not functioning.  There is no sign of resolution either. The DUP state that if a Nationalist holds the position of the largest party that they may accept the position of Deputy First Minister. Shockingly the DUP have stated, that even after the people of the north exercise their democratic vote on May the 5th that there will be no democratic government in the north until they have their way”.

 

“Now the DUP have 8% of the vote in Ireland as a whole and are polling at 19% in the north at the moment. 85% of the people of Ireland voted for the GFA. Such an obvious violation of the democratic will of the people would not be tolerated in any other democracy on the planet. Why is it tolerated here? On the streets the UDA & UVF are still active. Yet British Government officials are still meeting them. The DUP consider them 'Stakeholders'. How is this tolerated”?

 

“Today the North of Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has said he will not bring forward Irish language legislation at Westminster before May's assembly election. The Irish Language Act has been promised for 15 years. SF returned to Stormont in January 2020 after previously collapsing it, because they said, they had achieved an Irish Language Act. In a combination of bad faith by London and naivety from SF, we find out this morning that that commitment was hocus pocus all along”.

  

“The British and Irish governments are the co guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement. Its safe to say that neither Government are co guaranteeing anything. The Irish Government is sitting on their hands and keeping their heads down hoping that the crisis will just go away. It cannot be ignored any longer. Taoiseach you were in Washington two weeks ago. The White House is one of the few cards this country has to play in terms of leverage to protect the Good Friday Agreement. What material help have you gained from the White House to protect the Good Friday Agreement before it completely collapses”?  

 

“It is a clear crystal that the political system in the north is well and truly broken. It needs to be fixed. Not with a sticking plaster of getting it up and running with a pretend compromise that’s never implemented. The current arrangements are a recipe for decades of political instability and dysfunction. The political institutions in the north need to be reformed. Aontú is calling for MLAs salaries not to be paid if their party refuse to allow the executive to function. A nurse, a teacher or a postman would not get paid if they refuse to do their job. Why should MLAs”?

 

“There must be a cross community protections to the function of the executive. But it must be reformed to prevent one party being able to tear it down. Refusal to operate the North South Ministerial Council is against the law. There must be a penalty to breaking the law. And the Government MUST ramp up the pressure of the British Government on the delivery of the Irish Language Act, now”.      

By Aontú Press | 29 March, 2022



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