[lg policy] UUP councillors walk out before Irish language presentation

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 26 15:16:01 UTC 2014

 UUP councillors walk out before Irish language presentation

 Linda Ervine

Published on the 25 March

*Ulster Unionist councillors have staged a walkout ahead of a presentation
on the Irish language by Linda Ervine at Down District Council.*

Councillors Robert Burgess, Desmond Patterson and Walter Lyons left the
council chambers on Monday night before Mrs Ervine could speak about the
historical links between Protestants and Irish.

In a statement UUP Councillor Walter Lyons said: "For years the Irish
Language has been used as a political weapon by some in Down District
Council when instead it could be used as a means of reconciliation.

"Unfortunately the views of Unionists and others have been ignored in the
implementation of Irish Language policy in Down Council."

He said the group were delighted to meet with the wife of former PUP
leader, Brian Ervine, before Monday night's Council meeting "and agreed to
meet again at the East Belfast Mission to learn of the work that she does,
to hear of positive aspects of the Irish Language and to lend our support
to her group".

See tomorrow's paper for more...


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