[Sinn Fein]

30 September 1997

Sinn Fein supports move to have referendum on Irish Language

Sinn Fein Northern Chairperson Gerry O hEara has praised the latest initiative by students at Queens to have a referendum on the issue of the Irish language.

Mr O hEara said:

`` I support fully the efforts of those students involved in this initiative to have the issue of the Irish language raised in a way in which everyone rather than a select few can have a say.

`` The way in which the Irish language signs were removed during a holiday period merely exposes the lack of support that existed for such a move.

`` Already hundreds of students have signed the petition to have a referendum on the matter. This clearly reflects the widespread support within the University for the issue to be raised in a democratic way.

`` If those opposed to the Irish language feel that they have a case then they can have no objections to a referendum''

`` I commend everyone involved in this latest initiative''

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