Thursday 19 January 2017

The 'sums' on Irish were wrong

Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- Emer O'Kelly has transferred her ranting to compulsory Irish. We are told that 70,000 people report that they speak Irish, and then she says that only 1.5 per cent of the Department of Education staff can answer in Irish.

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I doubt the second statistic. I would say that only 1.5 per cent could be bothered doing it. But if only 1.5 per cent of the population can speak Irish, how many does that give us? Let's see . . . population is reportedly 4.5 million. Oh, it's 67,500. I would suggest that not only does Emer O'Kelly not know any Irish, but that she isn't very good at "sums" either. Of course, "sums" were a compulsory subject in school so that's her excuse for that.

Mise le foighne agus le meas,

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