Belfast City Council has agreed to place a number of official bilingual Irish-English street-signs in four parts of the city: Artana Street, Balfour Avenue, Dromara Street and Bryson Street. The decision follows a series of local polls where residents expressed support for the new signs. Under local government regulations in the North of Ireland the erection of bilingual signs requires a “weighted” two-thirds majority of people living in any given area in order to be carried out. These rules are purposely designed to favour Anglophones along with the default use of only English language street-signs (even though most streets and roads actually use anglicised versions of original Irish language names). However despite these obstacles both official and unofficial bilingual and Irish-language signs have become increasingly common across the north-east of the country as the slow drive towards normalisation grows hand-in-hand with the rising Irish Nationalist population.

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