No Irish language act, no Assembly return: Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams has said there will be no restoration of the Stormont institutions unless there is an Irish language act.

The Sinn Fein president was speaking at an event in Belfast which saw his party alongside the SDLP, Alliance, Greens and People Before Profit come together to call for an act.

For the first time elected representatives from the five parties have come together with Conradh na Gaeilge to display their support for stand-alone legislation in the form of an Irish language act. Overall they represent 50 of the 90 MLAs.

Irish has been one of the sticking points between the DUP and Sinn Fein since the collapse of devolution in January.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has met with representatives from the Irish speaking community in recent months.

Speaking at the event organised by Conradh na Gaeilge, which represents Irish speakers,  in Belfast on Wednesday, Gerry Adams said: “The British Government and unionist parties have failed to fulfil their commitment to an Acht Gaeilge and to the full implementation of the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements.

“Implementation of these matters must be a bedrock of any future Executive. Equality must be a bedrock for any future Executive.

“The rights of Irish speakers must be recognised and respected.

“Acht Gaeilge is a right, like a Bill of Rights, marriage equality and the rights of families to coroners’ inquests.

“These basic rights are protected in England, Scotland, Wales and the rest of Ireland. It is time they were extended to citizens living in the north.”

Dr Niall Comer,…

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