Republic of Ireland MEP told to stop speaking in Irish in EU Parliament – ‘Either you use another language or unfortunately I cannot give you the floor…’

Republic of Ireland MEP was told to stop speaking in Irish in EU Parliament this week during a meeting of the Economic and Finance Committees, despite having asked permission two weeks previously, and providing her own interpreter.

Republic of Ireland MEP Liadh Ní Riada has begun a ‘stailc teanga’ (language strike) lasting until the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish-language week) as a protest against the derogation on Irish in the EU and to highlight the Irish Government’s lack of movement in securing an end to the languages second-class status. This means she will only speak Irish in my work with the European Institutions as a protest against the derogation. My aim is to draw attention to derogation and to encourage the Irish Language community and the Irish people in general to put pressure on the Government to remedy the situation. Continue reading “Republic of Ireland MEP told to stop speaking in Irish in EU Parliament – ‘Either you use another language or unfortunately I cannot give you the floor…’”