The civil rights of Irish citizens in the Six Counties have received yet another regressive blow in the past week with the announcement by Stormont minister for culture Edwin Poots that he intends to cease state assistance to the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.
The current funding for the ILBF expires in March 2009 and there are no plans in the Stormont administration's budget for a new round of funding.
The budget was signed off on by all the parties in the Six County executive today (Tuesday).
The ILBF is responsible for giving financial support to Irish language films and television programmes produced in the Six Counties.
Poots further insulted the cultural traditions of the Irish people last week when he turned up 10 minutes late to his first GAA game to avoid the playing of the national anthem and stated that he would not attend any GAA stadium “named after a terrorist”.
"Edwin Poots clearly uses every facet of his ministerial office to marginalise and denigrate the Irish identity and culture. His positions on the Irish language are the modern equivalent of the Penal Laws and the Flags and Emblems Act, which sought to nullify Irish identity with a view to pacifying and ruling the country.
"How, in a scenario where the British government has been forced to pass acts granting protection and financial assistance to Scots Gaelic and Welsh, can the Irish language community remain so abused?
"In this, as in all other aspects of Britain’s Six County administration, it is clear that the unionist veto solidifies British control however it sees fit, that promises from the British government are worthless and that attempts at delivering progressive policies within such a framework are fruitless.
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