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Nelson’s bid to deflect from RHI just pathetic

A line has been drawn under the DUP’s contempt for the political institutions, for the general public and for the Irish language.

The people will now have their say on RHI and other financial scandals involving the DUP and its arrogance and disrespect for the Irish language community and Irish identity, for women, for our LGBT communities and for our young people.

In its desperation the DUP is attempting to divert the public’s attention away its mishandling of the RHI scandal, which could cost up to £500m.

Nelson McCausland’s attempts (Comment, Jan 19) to cover the blushes of the DUP on the RHI scandal with a bizarre connection to the introduction of Acht na Gaeilge (Irish Language Act) is just strange.

The introduction of Acht na Gaeilge is about respect. The Irish language, as Mr McCausland’s party colleague Paul Givan was recently forced to accept, belongs to everyone.

Nelson does not know the cost of introducing an Irish Language Act. But he did claim the cost over 20 years would be £2bn, using figures from Wales, which the BBC later said were inaccurate and apologised for.

Nelson putting the cost at £2bn was a pathetic attempt to draw some type of comparison with the squandered half-billion pounds of RHI.

CARAL NI CHUILIN (SF)

MLA for North Belfast

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