Sunday 11 December 2016

A cynical attack on our language

Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00

IT is comforting to know that Labour MEP Nessa Childers has our best interests at heart in Europe.

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Her recently tabled parliamentary questions (January 11) on the "necessity" of translating documents into Irish, her concerns about the "considerable cost" of same, and her requests for "statistics on the practical (or otherwise) usage of documents translated into Irish" as well as "a figure for how much the EU spends annually on translating documents into Irish?" must rank as a first in the annals of EU parliamentary questions.

It is scarcely credible that there should exist a precedent for an MEP critically querying the status of her own national language in this way.

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