Doug Beattie claims acht na Gaeilge campaign has been 'hijacked'

Doug Beattie said the campaign for an Irish language act had been 'hijacked'. Picture Mal McCann

An Ulster Unionist Party MLA has claimed the campaign for an Irish language act has been "hijacked to promote a form of cultural supremacy".

UUP justice spokesman Doug Beattie made the remark after Conradh na Gaeilge met Secretary of State Karen Bradley on Thursday.

The Irish language group's president Niall Comer called on the British government to fulfil the obligations of the St Andrews Agreement and implement a standalone acht na Gaeilge.

But Mr Beattie claimed Sinn Féin had "hijacked" the campaign for an Irish language act to promote a "form of cultural supremacy", rather than equality.

"I do not doubt that the campaign for an Irish language act is a fair and honest campaign, however, I do take issue when I see our children – our country's future – stand with signs that say 'Revolution is the Solution' while at the same time promoting a political party they probably know nothing about," the Upper Bann MLA said.

"As a society we should be promoting the message that 'Democracy is the Solution' and that revolution in the form that was promoted and justified by Sinn Féin – even today – should never take to our streets again."

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