Saturday 25 February 2017

Time to get real on Irish language

A recent ruling in the Court of Appeal in Belfast rejected a bid by an Irish-language speaker to have his drinks licence application accepted in the Irish language.

The reasoning was that giving someone the right to convert such documents from English into a language not understood by the vast majority of the intended recipients would frustrate the interests of justice.

Like our northern cousins, the vast majority of citizens in this State do not understand the Irish language. We like to think we do, we like to aspire towards speaking it, but the bottom line is that most of us do not speak Irish and could not hold a conversation in Irish.

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