THE rights of Irish language speakers must be respected if fresh efforts to restore the power-sharing institutions are to be successful, Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said.
The Foyle MLA was commenting after attending a protest in Derry at which Gaelgóirí voiced their opposition to the latest comments by former First Minister Arlene Foster ruling out an Irish Language Act.
Raymond McCartney said: “The rights of citizens, whether it is Irish speakers, women, victims or the LGBT community, their rights must be respected.
“Sinn Féin will continue to demand an Acht na Gaeilge and we will continue to demand equal treatment for all sections of our society.
“We will certainly enter any new talks to restore the power-sharing institutions in good faith but the simple fact is that those talks can only be successful if they deliver equality, rights and respect for all.”