Standards and Privilege

Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 8:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Ms Brid Rodgers Ms Brid Rodgers Social Democratic and Labour Party 8:30 pm, 9th March 1999

I ask the Member please not to misrepresent what I said. I said that I speak English out of courtesy, but that I would rather speak Irish, because I feel more comfortable speaking that language. I also think that if I am not allowed to speak Irish — I reared six children in this country, all speaking Irish in an English-speaking area — Irish will die, and I do not want that to happen. That is why my children speak Irish, my grandchildren speak Irish, my husband speaks Irish and I speak Irish. I want to do the same thing here, but I want to do it comfortably.