Northern Ireland

Council rejects plan for bilingual signs in Belfast

City Hall, Belfast
Image caption Councillors reject bilingual road signs

Belfast City Council has rejected a proposed plan for bilingual road signs in Belfast.

Twenty-three council members voted against adding Irish or Ulster-Scots to signs in addition to English at a full council meeting.

Twenty-one others voted in favour of the change.

In January, Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy began a public consultation into making signs bilingual.

He said the measure would help his department meet commitments under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Anna Lo, Alliance Party, had previously said the move would 'ghettoize' Northern Ireland.

A proposal by Sinn Fein's Caoimhin Mac Giolla Mhin to overturn the decision was rejected by the council.