Demand for UUP clarity on Irish language act

Raymond McCartney (left) and UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt.
Raymond McCartney (left) and UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt.

Sinn Fein election candidate for Foyle, Raymond McCartney, has called upon UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt, to clarify his party’s position on the issue of an Irish language act.

The potential drafting of an Irish language act is currently a hot political topic after DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said yesterday her party would never agree to such an act.

When asked about the Irish language act Mrs. Foster said “more people speak Polish”.

Mr. McCartney, who will seek re-election on March 2, said the time had now come for the UUP to confirm where they stand when it comes to the act.

“Last year, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt criticised Sinn Féin for calling for an Irish Language Act in line with the commitments made in the St Andrew’s Agreement.

“The demand for an Irish language act is entirely justified and the DUP’s disgraceful attitude toward the Irish language and identity is unacceptable,” he said.

Mr. McCartney added: “We now need clarity from Mike Nesbitt and the UUP on their position on an Irish language act.

“Do they accept it as part of the St Andrew’s Agreement or are they going to follow behind the DUP in attempting to deny people’s rights?”