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Irish doesn't need a  law, just volunteers

 

I have no objection against anyone wanting to learn to speak Irish, as long as they don't expect the taxpayer to fund it.

More than 60 years ago, I learned to speak Gaelic fluently, having travelled around the world for two years with a lad from the Isle of Barra who coached me (at no expense to the taxpayer).

Why don't Irish speakers volunteer to teach people without introducing an Irish Language Act? It's totally unnecessary.

In the past 30 years, more than 200 languages have disappeared worldwide, as will Irish eventually.

Proof, if needed, is that Gaelic teaching in Scotland is down 60% in the past 10 years and Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig in Inverness has advertised 11 times in the past 10 years for a teacher of Gaelic at a salary of £53,000 without success and is now considering a non-Gaelic speaker.

Personally, I think some people who spout for Irish should get their knowledge of English up to date.

I will name one ignoramus: Gerry Adams. He can't differentiate between 'Northern Ireland' and 'the north of Ireland'.

There is a big difference, you know. Or, obviously, he doesn't.

PANORAMA

Carryduff, Co Down

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