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Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell

A unionist politician has been accused of "pure ignorance" after he appeared to mock the Irish language.

The DUP's Gregory Campbell came under fire during a debate on Irish and Ulster Scots.

He appeared to mock the phrase "go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle".

When invited to speak by the principal deputy speaker, Mr Campbell said: "Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer".

He then asked Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin about a minority languages strategy.

But the Sinn Fein MLA refused to answer, adding: "If it's anything to go by what you just did, we don't need a strategy for pure ignorance."

Afterwards, Ms Ni Chuilin tweeted that she had complained to the Speaker's Office about the "mockery of the Irish language".

Rosie McCorley MLA, Sinn Fein Irish language spokesperson, said: "Unfortunately this is nothing new from the DUP who have blocked the development on an Irish language act, and whose representatives have a long history of insults to the Irish-speaking community.

"While this might be funny in Gregory's little closed world, it is hugely insulting to all of those who promote the huge benefits of endorsing and enhancing bilingualism in our society."

Irish Independent