Human Rights: Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 13 March (HL5767) concerning the government of Ireland's approach to human rights, what discussions they have had with the government of Ireland concerning (1) property in the Republic of Ireland being available for sale only to those with a qualification in the Irish language; (2) official and semi-official jobs being available only to those with a qualification in the Irish language; and (3) welfare allowances for certain types of clothing being available only to those of the Roman Catholic faith.

Photo of Lord Dunlop Lord Dunlop The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

The issues around the provision of property for sale, jobs and welfare allowances in Ireland are matters for the Irish Government. The UK and Irish governments meet regularly both at ministerial and official level to discuss issues of mutual interest and concerns including matters relating to human rights in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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