UUP Hits Out At Adams Over Irish Language Act

The UUP has hit out at Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams and accused him of caring more about the Irish language act instead of health and education in Northern Ireland.

UUP leader Robin Swan said equality and respect need to be shown to all communities.
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He said: "He needs to start dealing in facts. No matter how many times he says otherwise, obligations to the Irish Language made under the Belfast Agreement have been fulfilled. We never made any commitments to an Irish Language Act. If Gerry Adams believes that others have made commitments in subsequent agreements, then he should take that up with them.

"The Irish Language should be de-politicised so, unlike other parties, we will certainly not be giving Gerry Adams a blank cheque for discrimination against non-Irish speakers, bi-lingual signage on every street and road sign in Northern Ireland nor power for an Irish Language commissioner to prosecute those who don't comply with a Sinn Fein diktat. I was disappointed, but not surprised to see others allowing Gerry Adams to act as a spokesperson for them."

At an event on Wednesday, 30 August, Mr Adams said there will be no assembly without an Irish language act.


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