Protesters call for equality for Irish speakers

Saturday 12 April 2014 22.25
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The protest, organised by Conradh na Gaeilge, is part of An Lá Dearg
The protest, organised by Conradh na Gaeilge, is part of An Lá Dearg
Several thousand people took part in the demonstration today
Several thousand people took part in the demonstration today

Protesters calling for equality for Irish speakers have demonstrated in Belfast city centre.

The protest, organised by a consortium of Irish language groups, is part of An Lá Dearg - a national campaign to highlight what organisers say is a lack of rights and equality for the Irish speaking community both in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Several thousand people took part in the demonstration today.

Conradh na Gaeilge general secretary Julian de Spáinn said Irish language speakers were "dearg le fearg" (red with rage) at how Irish speakers are being treated.

"We will continue to campaign our public representatives until we achieve fairness and equality for the Irish-speaking and Gaeltacht communities throughout the island of Ireland," he said.