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Irish language barriers built on both sides

NIALL O Donnghaile's robust response to George Chittick's anti-Irish language outburst (News, February 3) puts Sinn Fein and the Orange Order in opposite camps. But they have a lot in common.

Working through the Stormont government during the period 1926 to 1933, the Orange Order managed to end all extra funding for the teaching of Irish.

Sinn Fein will have done almost as much damage in less than 12 months. Last year, the Sinn Fein Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin agreed with her Fine Gael counterpart to end most funding to the Irish-language voluntary sector. About 15 experienced workers in the sector will be made redundant. The Orange Order could not have done a better job.

LIAM ANDREWS

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