Translation Hub: Update

Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 25th February 2020.

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Photo of Jemma Dolan Jemma Dolan Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 25th February 2020

T6. Ms Dolan asked the Minister of Finance for an update on the translation hub. (AQT 146/17-22)

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

As the Member will know, the translation hub, along with the Irish language legislation and other legislation relating to cultural issues, was part of the discussions that led up to the New Decade, New Approach agreement. A responsibility has been provided to the Department of Finance to deliver the translation hub within the three-month period identified in the 'New Decade, New Approach' document, and that is the work that we will be undertaking. I met Conradh na Gaeilge recently to discuss best practice for the operation of translation hubs. We will be inputting that information and discussion into the Department's work to get this done within the time frame outlined.

Photo of Jemma Dolan Jemma Dolan Sinn Féin

Can the Minister also update us on the commitment in the New Decade, New Approach deal that births, marriages and deaths can be registered in Irish?

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

That is another area of work that we have been tasked with undertaking. I have asked my officials to begin work on this, and I hope to be in a position very shortly to update the Assembly on progress on it.