Opinion John Downing

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Another extension looks likely as Adams proves evasive on language cost

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams Photo: Reuters
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams Photo: Reuters
John Downing

John Downing

It is regrettable that the Irish language, with its millennia of rich culture and heritage, should prove such a divisive issue in talks aimed at restoring power-sharing in the North.

But it would help to have some idea what kind of costs are attached to implementing the Irish Language Act which is demanded by most language activists across the North, including the SDLP and Sinn Féin, as well as the Irish Government.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has claimed it would cost £100m (€113m), while the language lobby group, Conradh na Gaeilge, has said it involves "an initial" £8.5m (€9.6m).

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