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British government to introduce 'historic' legislation that'll create an Irish language commissioner in the North

May 25, 2022 12:05 By News Northern Sound
British government to introduce 'historic' legislation that'll create an Irish language commissioner in the North British government to introduce 'historic' legislation that'll create an Irish language commissioner in the North
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Thousands of people marched in Belfast over the weekend to demand the immediate implementation of an Irish Language Act.

The British government will introduce historic legislation today that'll create an Irish language commissioner in the North.

It was promised in the 2020 'New Decade, New Approach' deal that restored power-sharing at Stormont after a three-year hiatus.

On Saturday past, thousands of people took part in a march in Belfast to demand the immediate implementation of an Irish Language Act.

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An Dream Dearg, which organised Saturday's march, says today is a "historic advancement in our campaign for language rights".

The long-awaited bill will also include a commissioner for the Ulster Scots tradition.

Finbar Burns is an Irish language teacher in Monaghan, who lives in south Armagh.

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He says the Irish language is for everyone and explains what provisions are in the Act:

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