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LISTEN BACK: Local Irish teacher says Gaeilgeoirí won't stop until Irish language legislation is passed in the North

May 23, 2022 12:05 By News Northern Sound
LISTEN BACK: Local Irish teacher says Gaeilgeoirí won't stop until Irish language legislation is passed in the North LISTEN BACK: Local Irish teacher says Gaeilgeoirí won't stop until Irish language legislation is passed in the North
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Thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday to demand the immediate implementation of an Irish Language Act.

The event was organised by An Dream Dearg and saw participants march from Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich to Belfast City Hall.

The provision of an Irish Language Act was a key component of the 'New Decade, New Approach' deal which restored the government of the Northern Ireland Executive after a three-year hiatus.

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This has not been implemented to date, but Irish language legislation is expected to be tabled at Westminster on Wednesday.

However, An Dream Dearg say they have no trust in the British Government to deliver for Irish speakers in the North.

Finbar Burns is an Irish language teacher in St Macartan's College in Monaghan, who lives in south Armagh.

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He was one of the 17,000 people at Saturday's rally and he spoke to our reporter Diarmuid Pepper about what's been described as a "once in a generation" march:

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