The recent comments from Mr. Adams in relation to no Assembly without a stand alone Irish language act are simply incredible. Making demands and trying to force others to knuckle under is not politics by any reasonable definition.
Following hard on the heels of the proposed £70M cuts to our Health Service budget and the £56:00 per pupil Education cuts, it is yet again the vulnerable who are being affected by having no accountable Ministers in place after 6 months, and the log jam we are told is an Irish Language act.
Does Mr. Adams truly believe that an Irish Language act is more important than the health of our people and the education of our children? Apparently so.
The Irish language needs to be de-politicised so unlike other parties the Ulster Unionist Party will not be handing Mr. Adams a blank cheque for discrimination against non Irish speakers, bi-lingual signage on every street and road sign in Northern Ireland nor power for an Irish language commissioner to prosecute those who don’t comply with a S.F. diktat. What is also extremely disappointing is that Mr. Adams is permitted to act as a spokesperson for S.F.
Mr. Adams talks a good game when it comes to respect, but when it does come to actually showing respect it is a different story. Where is the due regard for the feelings, wishes or rights of others, irrespective of whatever religious or political affiliation hey have? The obligations to the Irish language under the Belfast Agreement have been fulfilled. The Ulster Unionist Party never made any commitments to an Irish language act and if Mr. Adams believes that others have made commitments in subsequent agreements, then take it up with them.
Equality and respect need to be shown to all communities, not merely used as words to attempt to break one community or another. To come out with statements of – no Assembly without a stand alone Irish language act – is to ignore the crisis looming in our Health and Education services and treat them with disregard. The people of Northern Ireland – all of them – deserve better than this.