Monday 23 April 2018

Political spiel is a vastly different language to the one we all know and love

'Amazingly, not even one pupil in the whole of the North of Ireland is studying Ulster Scots in
the classroom.' (Stock picture)
'Amazingly, not even one pupil in the whole of the North of Ireland is studying Ulster Scots in the classroom.' (Stock picture)
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

The DUP is back up on the high horse looking down like King Billy at the Boyne.

We all have our troubles. The talks about the reopening of the Assembly in Stormont are going on in the North again this weekend and deadlines have been missed. If I missed as many deadlines as the northern politicians, I would have been fired years ago. The row is over civil rights. The Irish language is our native tongue, yet our people in the North are being victimised, while just over the Border, Irish is an official language with Gaeltachts in Donegal. Freedom of expression is taken for granted here in the south. For many in the North, the lack of respect shown to our beloved language is akin to banning people from playing Gaelic football and hurling.

Irish is the richest of languages. Some of the most wonderfully vivid literature ever penned anywhere has been written in the Irish language. Spoken Irish is expressive and mellifluous. The DUP has never really tried to understand why it is our people in the North are so passionate about our native language. There is a serious and worrying lack of respect and intellect.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss