Ask not what the NI Executive can do for regional and minority languages…

Aha, it’s that time of year again. You know, when the Culture Minister is asked to compile a report for the UK’s submission to the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, s/he does, and then nothing comes back… It happened to Gregory Campbell’s report three years ago (which sank without trace with the deputy First Minister), and last year it happened to Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

Inside Ireland reports..

The UK government’s submission to the Council of Europe was delayed “by the difficulties in obtaining a contribution” from Northern Ireland but was subsequently published in March 2013.

The foreword notes that:

“Despite repeated requests from the UK government, the devolved administration in Northern Ireland has been unable to agree a contribution to this report reflecting the views and actions of the Northern Ireland Executive.

“The UK government expresses its concern at this outcome.”


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