Thousands have taken to the streets already this year to campaign for an Irish-language Act with another historic day leading to Belfast City Hall on 20.05.2017
An historic event, Lá Mór Dearg, organised as part of the An Dream Dearg campaign for an Irish-language Act will take place in Belfast on 20th May 2017. The Irish-language community from across Ireland and the world will come together at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and head onwards to Belfast City Hall. The crowds will leave the Cultúrlann at 1pm with the events at City Hall commencing at 2pm.
Conradh na Gaeilge is asking all of the branches, as well as community groups and organisations to join the Lá Mór Dearg on the day, and to once again support the call for an Irish-language Act.
Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“There is no question that there is a huge demand for an Irish-language Act in the north. Since Christmas this year, thousands have taken to the streets to call for the Act; there has been protests and demonstrations in Newry, in Belfast, in Derry and at Stormont and all of those supporting calls for rights-based legislation for the Irish language. Already, 5 parties alongside a majority 50 of the 90 newly-elected MLAs support protective legislation for the Irish-language in the form of an Act. There is support also from both the Council of Europe and the United Nations for legislation that was promised over ten years ago in the St Andrew’s Agreement.”
Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, says:
“The Lá Mór Dearg, the walk to City Hall and the events, planned as part of the An Dream Dearg campaign for an Irish-language Act, give the community another opportunity to practically support the campaign for an Irish-language Act. The Irish-language community consists of broad views on a variety of issues, but when it comes to the call for an Irish-language Act, we stand together and unanimously call for rights-based legislation for our language.
“Conradh na Gaeilge is fully supporting the Lá Dearg and we are asking all who are interested in the language, as well as those who support human rights and a more progressive society in general, to join us in Belfast. Conradh na Gaeilge is asking all of our branches to join the Lá Dearg, as well as community groups and the general public across Ireland. Wear red.”
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