A decision by Belfast City Council to officially designate part of the largely nationalist Falls Road as a Gaeltacht area has caused controversy.

Unionists have strongly criticised the scheme, describing it as a political vehicle for republicans.

Official council maps show Belfast's Gaeltacht running along the Falls Road as far as Milltown Cemetery.

Supporters of the idea, like Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Maskey, said it will attract visitors and help improve the area's image.

Unionists though have criticised the idea. Nelson McCausland of the DUP said it was another attempt to promote a republican agenda in the city.