Tuesday 6 December 2016

FG's unspeakable U-turn on our national language

Published 23/09/2011 | 05:00

•I was very disappointed when FG reneged on their promise to stop forcing Irish on our school children. I read in your paper that the pressure came to bear to prompt the backtracking so that some could continue to make a shilling on the city kids who are sent to the Gaeltacht every summer.

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I do understand that these Irish speakers are the true carriers of Ireland's culture and the English-speaking taxpayers in Dublin are worthless apart from their ability to be taxed. I fully support this Taliban-style approach of imposing the values of the wise on the ignorant many but I fear the young kids learning Irish now may not be able to earn enough taxes to keep this wondrous process alive.

I'd therefore rather my kids learn something useful like applied maths or German.

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