The British government will introduce an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland as part of the agreement reached at St Andrews yesterday.

In a joint statement issued by the Irish and British governments it is claimed that the act will reflect on the experience of Wales and Ireland and work with the incoming Northern Ireland Executive to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.

The Irish Language Act was one of Sinn Féin's demands going into the talks.

The British Government also said that it firmly believes in the need to enhance and develop the Ulster Scots language, heritage, and culture.