West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

"Nollaig Shona signs important acknowledgement of linguistic and cultural diversity in district - Mc Nally

Published: 12 October, 2016

Sinn Féin Councillor Barry Mc Nally has welcomed the decision by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to back his proposal to commission two 'Nollaig Shona Duit' signs as part of the Festive Season lighting displays in Omagh and Enniskillen town centres from this year onwards describing it as another important step in reflecting the centrality of the Irish language in the linguistic and cultural make up of our District.

He said, "Following representations from local Irish Language groups and enthusiasts requesting that recognition be given to the centrality of the Irish language in the linguistic and cultural diversity of the District through the incorporation of Irish Language Christmas signage into the festive lighting displays in the main urban centres of Omagh and Enniskillen. I first requested this last year but was told by officials that it was too late to put in place then.

"So this year, the request was made at an early stage and at the September meeting of the Community and Regeneration Committee, I proposed the commissioning of the Irish language Christmas signage and officials came back to last week's Council meeting reporting that the proposal was complaint and would complement the Councils Irish Language and linguistic diversity policy.

"It was heartening that the proposal was unanimously agreed and met with no opposition within the chamber which is very a positive sign and mature acknowledgement that the Irish language threatens no one and is central to the richness of linguistic diversity and cultural heritage of our District.

"It is important for council to corporately acknowledge and support the promotion of the Irish language and I along with my party colleagues will be continuing to press Council to support further initiatives to give practical expression to the Council's Irish language and diversity policy in line with its corporate responsibilities. ENDS