Friday 9 December 2016

Love/hate feelings for Gaeilge, minus the love

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan

The journalist Eoin Butler recently made a short film with the producer Paul Duane about the Irish language, with particular emphasis on the failure of the concept of Compulsory Irish.

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He illustrated his theme with images such as the road sign in Irish which warns motorists to slow down approaching a school - a sign which is clearly comprehensible only to local Irish speakers who already know that they are approaching a school, or to locals who don't understand Irish but who have been made aware of what the sign is saying.

So it is a total waste of time and money, and it gives schoolchildren a problem which they shouldn't have in a well-run society.

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