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N.I. Agriculture Officials Flagged-Up Language Obligations to DUP Minister

20th March 2018
Northern Ireland Fisheries Patrol Vessel (FPV) when under the name of Banríon Uladh which was changed to Queen of Ulster. Northern Ireland Fisheries Patrol Vessel (FPV) when under the name of Banríon Uladh which was changed to Queen of Ulster. Photo: The Irish News - twitter

#Fisheries - The Irish News writes that a former DUP minister was told by officials of her department’s obligation to recognise Irish and Ulster-Scots months after she claimed it had adopted “single language policy”.

Details emerged after the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) was forced to provide documents, including a copy of its draft language policy, to the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).

The documents reveal that officials reminded Michelle McIlveen of her department’s obligations to minority languages under its own equality scheme and the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

Ms McIlveen controversially ordered the name of a fisheries protection vessel to be changed from the Irish Banríon Uladh to its English language version Queen of Ulster in 2016.

The boat was originally named by then Sinn Féin agriculture minister Michelle Gildernew after it was bought in 2010.

For further reading on the vessel naming saga, click here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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