Bilingual signs in Irish and English are removed from the Students' Union at Queen's University Belfast.

In the late 1980s a bilingual policy was voted in by Union Council at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Since then, signage at the QUB Students' Union building has been bilingual - in English and Irish.

Unionist students were unhappy with what they saw as the republicanisation of the Students' Union and became reluctant to take jobs there.

The Students' Union consulted students and special interest groups, including the Fair Employment Commission which recommended a more neutral environment.

In line with the recommendations of management consultants called in by the union, a decision to drop the signs was made in July 1997. The signs will be replaced with purely English versions. Other recommendations include the introduction of Irish language classes.

Queen's Students' Union president Cormac Bakewell believes nationalists will eventually realise,

This is a decision that is good for the Irish language and good for the Students' Union.

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Member of Parliament John Taylor believes the language issue is relatively unimportant in Northern Irish society as

More people speak Chinese to each other every day in Northern Ireland than speak Irish.

This point is disputed by Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor Patsy McGlone who asserts 140,000 people in Northern Ireland claim a knowledge of Irish. Patsy McGlone believes the focus should be on promoting

Richness of both sets of identities, rather than diminishing one community at the expense of the other.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 August 1997. The reporter is Tony Connolly.