Stormont criticised over failure to report on minority languages

Tuesday 06 August 2013 13.24
Stormont did not send any information to be included in the report
Stormont did not send any information to be included in the report

The Stormont Executive has been heavily criticised by the British government for failing to supply any information to a major European report on minority languages.

Stormont's Department of Culture said it did submit a paper to the Executive on the use and promotion of Irish and Ulster Scots, but that there was a lack of agreement on the issue between ministers.

No information was therefore sent to Westminster to be included in the report.

The British government has expressed its concern at this failure.

Under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the Northern Ireland Executive is meant to submit details on how the Irish language and Ulster Scots language is being promoted and used in the North.