The Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams was speaking at an event organised by Conradh na Gaeilge.
Also at the event supporting an act were the SDLP, Alliance, PBP and Green parties (combined they make up 50/90 MLAs).
In the lead up to remarks expected by the DUP Leader, Arlene Foster tomorrow night about the future of devolution, Adams said;
“The British Government and Unionist parties have failed to fulfil their commitment to an Acht Gaeilge and to the full implementation of the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements.
“Implementation of these matters must be a bedrock of any future Executive.
“Equality must be a bedrock for any future Executive.
“The rights of Irish speakers must be recognised and respected.
“Acht Gaeilge is a right, like a Bill of Rights, marriage equality and the rights of families to coroners’ inquests.
“These basic rights are protected in England, Scotland, Wales and the rest of Ireland. It is time they were extended to citizens living in the North.”
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs