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Increasing the number of Irish speakers would render case for language rights unanswerable



Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

I agree with Gerry Adams that the rights of Irish speakers must be respected. But this should include the right to use the language without being identified with any particular political group and without political interference.

I find the picture of the president of Conradh na Gaeilge and his political allies infuriating. How loud was the politicians' protest in 2014, when more than a dozen not-for-profit Irish language organisations collapsed when Foras na Gaeilge withdrew funding?

Precedence is being given to the rights of a minority within a minority.

Let us consider one "right". At what cost and with how much effort could the judiciary find a judge, jury, witnesses, prosecution and defence lawyers plus interpreters for fluent Irish speakers and broken Irish speakers, so that a case could be heard through Irish?

An all-out effort should be made to increase the number of Irish speakers, so that the case for language rights becomes unanswerable.

Conradh na Gaeilge should concentrate on achieving this. This is why the organisation was founded. It has not achieved this fundamental aim after more than 120 years. And it won't be achieved by spending scarce resources on yet more bureaucracy.

The present campaign has alienated many nationalists, as well as unionists. And the politicians should get on with the job they were elected to do.

This does not include divisive linguistic posturing.


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