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Irish Language

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN 63890, tabled on 26 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to introduce an Irish language Bill.

Answered on

3 November 2021

It is disappointing that the Northern Ireland Executive has not progressed the package of identity, language and culture legislation that was carefully negotiated as part of the New Decade, New Approach agreement.

This balanced package of legislation is not an 'Irish language bill’ as it will benefit everyone in Northern Ireland, including the Irish language and Ulster Scots communities, and culture and identity more widely.

In the absence of progress from the Northern Ireland Executive, the Government is now taking the necessary steps to introduce the legislation.