THE leader of the Democratic Unionist Party has not ruled out the introduction of an Irish Language Act for Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster had previously insisted the DUP would never agree to such an Act. However, speaking at the party’s General Election campaign launch at Castlereagh Hills Golf Club in Belfast, Foster indicated it could be a possibility – as long as there is also respect for the Ulster Scots, the Orange and the British cultures.

When asked if she had changed her mind about an Irish Language Act, she said: “I said there wouldn’t be, in terms of nothing else happening, in terms of culture and language.

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"We have been in negotiations for some time and we have been putting forward that we need to respect all cultures, including the Ulster Scots, the Orange, the British culture.

“If there are to be moves forward in terms of cultural tolerance and respect, then it has to be in the context of doing that and we are very clear in relation to that.”