08/11/2018

Sinn Fein Outraged Over Treatment Of Irish Language

A Sinn Fein MLA has expressed outrage at the latest attack on Irish language signage in the Mid Ulster council area.

Colm Gilgernew slammed those responsible for the vandalism in Fivemiletown.

Irish Language signs in the area have been attacked in several instances already this year.

Mr Gildernew said: "This attack in Fivemiletown is the latest in a series of attacks on Irish language road signs across South Tyrone in recent months.

"There is no excuse for this type of vandalism and it cannot be tolerated.
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"Unfortunately, this is indicative of the attitude of some in society who show a complete disregard and lack of respect for the Irish identity and further focus the need for protection of Irish Language rights through legislation."

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA added that the community have pledged their support for the signage and "these attacks fly in the face of people's consent".

"I have reported this attack to the PSNI and I am appealing to anyone with information to bring it forward so those responsible can be held to account for these disgraceful crimes," Mr Gildernew added.



(JG)

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