Sinn Féin condemns exclusion of Irish language from official EU website

Friday, March 19 Sinn Féin North West EU candidate, Pearse Doherty has renewed calls for the Irish language to be given the full status of an official and working language of the European Union. Mr Doherty’s call comes after the EU Commission President Romano Prodi and the 10 Commissioners-designate, launched the official EU website in the languages of the new member states on the 16th March 2004.

Speaking today, Mr Doherty said, “Sinn Féin wants to welcome the new accession states to the EU on May 1st 2004, and the fact that all of the accession states will be able to access the official EU website EUROPA, in their own language, must be viewed as a progressive step.

“However, once again the Irish language has been overlooked by both the EU and the Irish Presidency, as an official and working language of the EU. Sinn Féin is once again calling for the Irish Government, through the EU Presidency to lobby for Equality for the Irish language and for parity with other European languages. For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to support the Stádas campaign for such recognition, and will continue to lobby the government of this state for full cultural Equality within the EU.”

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