Sinn Fein's Máirtín Ó Muilleoir says DUP 'just don't get it' after some in Arlene Foster's party rule out Irish Language Act
Sinn Fein MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said the DUP "just don’t get it when it comes to equality, respect and integrity" following comments from some DUP representatives who ruled out an Irish Language Act.
Arlene Foster has previously hinted that moves towards the introduction of Irish Language legislation could be part of a deal to restore Stormont.
However on Tuesday East Londonderry candidate Gregory Campbell told the News Letter: "There will be no Irish language act. We have said that all along and that is what we are saying now."
East Antrim candidate Sammy Wilson said: "We as a party have made it clear we don’t support an Irish language act."
Mr Ó Muilleoir, who is running in South Belfast, said: "The DUP appear to take one step forward and then ten backwards. They are still in denial when it comes to a right-based society. The Irish language community is playing catch-up when it comes to having their cultural identity recognised and treated with respect.
"The DUP need to realise that the Orange one-party state is gone for good and the way ahead is to treat their neighbours with respect.
"No longer can they treat those of us who cherish our Irish cultural identity with disdain or deny us our rights.
"Attempts by the DUP to turn the clock back will not work.
"The future for all of us on this island will be richer culturally and socially when diversity is recognised and people’s rights safeguarded in law.
"The DUP are living in denial but reality I believe is seeping through. At some stage in the short-term future they will be forced by the electorate to accept that the only way to move forward together is through respect, equality and integrity."