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Agree Irish Language Act to suit all parties

The leaders of Sinn Fein and the DUP need to get out of their ghettos regarding the Irish Language Act.

Firstly, while it is necessary to have exposure of Irish in public arenas, it is not necessary to have it in every document in all aspects of life, because, statistically, there are no people who only speak Irish and don't speak English.

Sinn Fein needs to limit their expectations on this. Translation services are not required; it is an unnecessary luxury.

Regarding the DUP, Arlene Foster has no business opposing an Irish Language Act. She is in breach of the St Andrews Agreement and showing very bad form as a supposed leader of a country in which the peace process has been exemplary.

Also, in the year of Martin McGuinness's death, it is an insult to the memory of the skilful and respectful work which he did to meet the sensitivities of the unionist ethos. Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill: get off your high horses. If further negotiation is required to tailor the Irish Language Act to sensible levels, then do the deal that you are paid for.

Blessed are the peacemakers. The future depends on you.

TMK

Antrim

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