A Derry Councillor has called for on Queens University Belfast to meet with his party over its decision not to reintroduce bilingual English-Irish signs across campus.

Earlier this week a spokesperson for the University defended its position, saying it seeks to maintain a “good and harmonious working environment”.

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said the Irish Language belongs to us all and there is a clear need for legislation to protect the language and its use.

Speaking on the response from Queen's University to Cumann Gaelach Ollscoil na Banríona  request for bilingual signage, the Party's local Irish Language spokesperson, Mr Campbell, said:

“This is a very disappointing response from Queen's University, the Irish Language belongs to us all, it is not a threat to a neutral working environment nor is it provocative, offensive or intimidatory in any way and the suggestion that it is, is ludicrous.

"This is an ill-thought out response from one of our key institutions which is also one of the biggest employers in the north, it highlights clearly the need for an Irish Language Act which places the recognition of the language and the entitlement for those who wish to live their lives through the medium of Irish to do so, on statute.

"Sinn Féin will be requesting a meeting with Queen's University to discuss this."

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