Sinn FéinFoyle MLA Raymond McCartney has described the demand by Companies House that a company with an Irish Language name must either drop the fadas in its title or choose another name as discriminatory and unacceptable.
Raymond McCartney said:
“As an Irish citizen and Gaeilgeoir I find this attitude by Companies House insulting. The fada is integral to meaning in the Irish language to the extent that identical spelling without the fada portrays a completely different message.
“This demand that someone wishing to register a company in Gaeilge cannot do so unless they drop the fada or choose another name displays a serious degree of ignorance.
“Gaeilge is an Official Language of the European Union and the first language of many people across the island.
“As such it is incumbent on all official bodies to treat it with the same respect and recognition as all other languages.