British Government to introduce Irish language act in Northern Ireland by October

  • British Government to introduce Irish language act in Northern Ireland by October

British Government to introduce Irish language act in Northern Ireland by October

Mr Lewis had promised that Westminster would implement legislation to protect the Irish language if required, a key demand of the republican party, but Mr Poots's decision to agree to reconstituting the executive on these terms infuriated many in his party.

Senior DUP figures gathered at party headquarters in Belfast amid speculation Mr Poots could potentially face a vote of no confidence.

McDonald said on Twitter: "The British Govt has tonight agreed to legislate for Acht Gaeilge". The deputy first minister, who, according to Northern Ireland law, should be from Sinn Fein, also stepped down. "We have important work ahead".

Ms McDonald said following legislation by Westminster "we expect that (Irish language) commissioners will be in place by March 2022, perhaps even earlier than that, but certainly within the mandate of the current assembly".

Edwin Poots' reign as the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party sensationally came to an end on Thursday after just 21 days on the job.

Her successor, Edwin Poots, is seeking to nominate his social conservative colleague Paul Givan to take over as first minister and has until Monday to secure support of other parties in the power-sharing government.

So far, Givan is now is expected to be sworn into office as the new first minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill as deputy first minister.

However, Sinn Fein had made clear it would not renominate, a move that would collapse the devolved Executive, unless the DUP agreed to press ahead with legislating on the Irish language.