Sinn Féin want to put Irish on equal par with English in region, but DUP is looking to incorporate Ulster Scots language into act

The prospects for talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s power sharing government were described as “incredibly bleak” after Sinn Féin claimed the Democratic Unionists have not moved on its demands for an Irish Language Act.

As Thursday’s deadline looms, the establishment of such an act remains one of the republican party’s core demands in the negotiations and if agreed on by unionists would put Irish on an equal par with English in the region.

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