15 March 2007 Edition
Feall ar iontaoibh
“Tá an cinneadh ag Rialtas na Breataine maidir le Acht na Gaeilge ina sárú iontaobhais. In ionad comhairliúchán eile bhí dreacht Acht le bheith foilsithe inniu.
Tá státrunaí na Breataine Peter Hain ag úsáid Acht na Gaeilge mar liathróid pholaitiúl. Sa chéad comhairliúcháin a thosaigh 13 Nollaig, bhí 93% de na haighneachtaí i bhfabhar.
Bhí Rialtas na Breataine gan meon macanta ar an ábhar seo agus níl aon cothrom na bhfírinne i gceist. Dúirt mé seo le Peter Hain ar an guthán trathnóna inniu.
Ceapaim anois go gcaithfidh muid agus an pobal Gaelach fud fad an oileáin tacaíocht a thabhairt don fheachtas arís.”
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking following the failure of the British Government to publish their draft Irish Language Bill said
“The British government decision to introduce a second 12 week consultation period around the Irish Language Act is a clear breach of a commitment by the British government to publish a draft Irish Language Bill today.
“Instead of doing what he committed to do the British Secretary of State Peter Hain has played bad politics with the Irish language.
“The consultation process which began on December 13 last year attracted overwhelmingly positive responses.
“The imposition of a second consultation period ignores this clear endorsement for an Irish Language Act.
“Peter Hain has acted in bad faith. It has been my consistent view that his tactical approach to this issue is totally expedient and I warned Irish language activists and campaigning groups about this over the last few months. I also told Mr Hain this in a telephone conversation.
“As I said earlier today there is a need for the Irish language community to redouble our efforts in the time ahead.”