Sunday 17 December 2017

Love/hate feelings for Gaeilge, minus the love

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

The journalist Eoin Butler recently made a short film with the producer Paul Duane about the Irish language, with particular emphasis on the failure of the concept of Compulsory Irish.

He illustrated his theme with images such as the road sign in Irish which warns motorists to slow down approaching a school - a sign which is clearly comprehensible only to local Irish speakers who already know that they are approaching a school, or to locals who don't understand Irish but who have been made aware of what the sign is saying.

So it is a total waste of time and money, and it gives schoolchildren a problem which they shouldn't have in a well-run society.

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