Sinn Fein determined to impede progress
I agree with Gerry Adams that the rights of Irish speakers must be respected. But this should include the right to use the language without being identified with any particular political group and without political interference.
Northern Ireland is enduring a situation at present where we have a health service in crisis and an education service facing enormous financial pressures.
These issues impact upon each and every one of us, irrespective of our colour or creed, and therefore should be considered as top priorities for every politician at this time.
Forgive me, therefore, if I treat Gerry Adams' ultimatum in terms of linking the future of devolution in Northern Ireland to the implementation of an Irish Language Act with the contempt that it deserves.
Republicans, for many decades, tried to break the unionist community through their grubby terror campaign.
They continue to pursue an agenda where they seek to marginalise and alienate our community through the guise of a campaign for equality, when no such inequalities exist.
The vast majority of our community within Northern Ireland is happy to remain an integral part of the United Kingdom and has a strong desire to see our country flourish.
Sinn Fein will never want Northern Ireland to succeed.
Such a scenario would serve as an obvious impediment to their sinister attempts to coerce the people of our province into a united Ireland.
Devolution in Northern Ireland should not be permitted to remain within the gift of one particular political party.
Especially when that party has no interest in promoting the best interests of Northern Ireland.
It is, therefore, clear that the time has come to firmly reject Sinn Fein's narrow, sectarian agenda and to let the rest of Northern Ireland move forward with a devolved government that can deliver a better and prosperous future for all.
CLLR DAVID TAYLOR (UUP)
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council