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There are reasons why some Protestants fear Irish language (the phrase Tiocfaidh ar La being one) but the Irish language is neither republican nor unionist

Gail Walker


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Stand: Diane Dawson Principal of Braniel primary school in east Belfast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

Stand: Diane Dawson Principal of Braniel primary school in east Belfast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Stand: Diane Dawson Principal of Braniel primary school in east Belfast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

In anyone’s language, the fact that a nursery school should be forced to relocate due to a “social media hate campaign” is outrageous. The very idea that toddlers at Naiscoil na Seolta, learning to count and drawing pictures of mummy, could pose a threat to anybody’s culture is absurd.

Yet the proposed opening of the first Irish language pre-school on the site of Braniel Primary School in east Belfast prompted such vile and libellous online abuse that the PSNI are investigating.


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