Published 02/03/2012 | 05:00
Following my letter calling for religious tolerance as regards the saying of prayers at council meetings, the following comments on the Irish language may also be relevant.
I would feel appalled were prayers in my local council to be spoken in Irish. Irish is a minority language, if not a dead one. It was a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money when the British government, as a sop to a contrived, artificial peace process, stated that it was going to spend the gargantuan sum of £20m (€24m) on the development of the speaking of the Irish language throughout Ireland.
Irish is a harsh-sounding language, like the Scottish dialect. Gaelic is not, unlike French or German, attractive to the ear.