Ulster Unionist Culture spokesperson Michael McGimpsey MLA has rejected criticism of the Northern Ireland Executive’s Irish language policy by the Council of Europe, a Strasbourg based Human Rights body
Mr McGimpsey said;
“The Council of Europe cannot make binding laws and seems oblivious to the fact that the 1998 Belfast Agreement was the settlement regarding minority languages in Northern Ireland and we have fulfilled our obligations under it.
“There are a number of human rights issues within European borders which the Council of Europe should be busying itself with. The position of the Irish language in Northern Ireland is not one of them.”