Austen Morgan QC believes key Sinn Féin demand in Northern Ireland power-sharing negotiations may violate equality clause

A “standalone” Irish language act – one of Sinn Féin’s key demands in the deadlocked negotiations to bring back power sharing in Northern Ireland – could be a breach of the Good Friday agreement, a legal expert on the 1998 peace accord has claimed.

Austen Morgan QC, author of The Belfast Agreement – a Practical Legal Analysis, said an act that only protected the rights of Irish speakers would violate a key clause in the Good Friday deal promoting parity of esteem between all cultures in Northern Ireland.

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