Northern Ireland

Irish Language group to bring Executive to court

Image caption The judicial review is being held at the High Court in Belfast

An Irish language group has been granted a judicial review against the Northern Ireland Executive.

Conradh na Gaeilge (CnaG) said it wants the action due to "failure to adopt or implement" an Irish language strategy.

CnaG vice-president Niall Comer said legal action can still be avoided if the authorities adopt a strategy.

Former culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín launched a strategy in February 2015.

However, that strategy was not adopted by the executive.

CnaG advocacy manager Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin said the case will be reconvened in September.

However he said "if the executive can give some commitment through their solicitors or whomever else around the ratification of this strategy, we are more than happy to pull the case".

"But that ball is now firmly now in the executive's court," he added.

A spokesperson for the Executive Office said: "The Executive Office is aware of the decision of the Court to grant leave for Judicial Review of this matter and will fulfil its obligations to the court as respondent in this process."

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