By VIEW editor Brian Pelan
Hundreds of red balloons were released into the sky today outside Hillsborough Castle in Co Down today as Irish language activists urged the NI Secretary of State James Brokenshire to directly engage with them to discuss legislative provisions for the Irish language.
Gráinne Ní Ghillín, spokesperson for the An Dream Dearg #AchtAnois campaign, said: “Today’s event was organised to highlight the importance of the community in this campaign and to reiterate the role of the British Government. The call for an Irish-language Act is one that comes directly from our streets, from our families, our schools and our young people.
“We have taken this to the very heart of the political debate and we want to keep it there until our rights are realised in law. The British Government can no longer stand by. It is high time they fulfilled their own obligations as co-guarantors of the St Andrew’s Agreement, and as a Government that facilitates the same legislation in both Scotland and Wales. The community calls for change; A majority in the assembly supports that change.”
Irish language activist Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin said: “The Irish Language Community have been waiting too long for the state to bring in legislation that will protect our human rights; and now is the time for action.”
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