DUP genuflecting over Irish language: Allister

Jim Allister accused the DUP of 'weakening its stance' over an Irish language act
Jim Allister accused the DUP of 'weakening its stance' over an Irish language act

The DUP is “preparing to pay Sinn Fein’s price” to help clear the way for a return to power-sharing, TUV leader Jim Allister has claimed.

The North Antrim MLA said the DUP is “weakening its stance” over the issue of an Irish language act.

It comes after DUP leader Arlene Foster held a series of meetings with Irish language groups in recent days, as part of a pledge to engage with those who speak the language.

Mr Allister said: “The DUP’s genuflecting to the Irish language brigade should serve as a warning to all who oppose the de-Britishisation of Northern Ireland that Arlene Foster is preparing to pay Sinn Fein’s price for the return to office.

“TUV is unequivocal in opposing the imposition of an Irish language act under any guise. Insatiable Sinn Fein and its satellites, like Pobal, demand more: official status for Irish in NI; Irish in our courts, on our road signs and on all government documents; and preferment of Irish speakers in the public sector.”