Sinn Féin Assembly candidate for Foyle Raymond McCartney , has stated that there will be no return to discrimination against Irish language education.
Speaking following comments by Arlene Foster, Raymond McCartney said:
“The DUP’s stance on the Irish language is out of step with the wider community.
“Over 95 per cent of response in the recent consultation on an Irish language act show clearly that there is a much more positive view of the Irish language in the community that is being reflected by unionist leaders.
“It’s bizarre that anyone would be seeking to blindly undermine one of the education sector’s success stories of the last 30 years.
“The benefits of bilingualism are very well documented. The results coming from the Irish medium sector are excellent.
“Spending is not based on “preferential treatment” – it is addressing the growing demand for Irish medium education and years of underinvestment in this sector.
“It wasn’t uncommon under British direct rule for schools to be denied funding and school children being taught in accommodation, which was frankly not good enough. There will be no return to those days.”