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Language Rights in Local Government: A Framework for Implementation

  • The Factory, The MAC 10 Exchange Street Belfast, Northern Ireland, bt1 United Kingdom (map)


Conradh na Gaeilge will host a lecture demonstrating why language rights are human rights and need to be considered as part of the wider discussion on human rights.  Local and international examples show how minority language communities are best served when language issues are regarded within a rights based framework.  The absence of legislative protection for the Irish language community here not only breaches international obligations but also has a signifcant practical impact on Irish language communities at a local level.

Consecutive reports from the International Convention on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights and from the European Charter for the Protection of Regional and Minority Languages’ Committee of Experts have highlighted the lack of protection for the Irish language community as something which infringes rights found in international treaties and needs to be addressed by the Assembly at the earliest opportunity.

This discussion will discuss the rights framework which currently exists in relation to the Irish language and how and why legislative protection is necessary to ensure that international obligations are implemented at a local level.  This can be done through using international examples of best practice and applying them to the local context.

Time will be available for questions and discussion at the end of the lecture.