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Launch of new research into compliance with Irish language duties

On 14 March, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, participated in the launch of a new research into the way local councils in Northern Ireland comply with requirements to treat the Irish language. The research was compiled and published by Conradh na Gaeilge, the Committee on the Administration of Justice and the University of Ulster.  
The report highlights some examples of good practice, but also pointed to instances of non-compliance. This is consistent with the pattern that has been identified by the committees in the United Nations and the Council of Europe responsible for monitoring the way in which duties are implemented.
Speaking at the launch, Meri Huws said: “Legislation for the Welsh language has been central to the development of the use of the language in communities throughout Wales. Language legislation is recognised across the world as a key component to protect and promote languages. Language legislation ensures local councils play a key role in providing services to minoritised language communities. This report offers a valuable roadmap to facilitate co-operation and collaboration between communities and local government in providing services through the medium of Irish.”

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