Irish language should not be a political football
THE Irish language does not belong to any political party and should not be used as a football to score cheap political points.
Irish should be celebrated by all. It is part of our joint heritage. We cannot equate the Irish language with Irish republicanism/nationalism any more than we would equate the German language with Nazism.
Is 'uisce' ('water') a foreign word that the unionists of Ballymena cannot even bear to walk over? Try telling that to the Free Church of Scotland people of the Western Isles. They clean their teeth with 'uisge', they brew their tea with 'uisge', but God forbid they would ever dream of putting it in their 'uisge-beatha' (whisky).