Monday 22 January 2018

Medb Ruane: With hearts on sleeves leaders embrace their mother tongue

Medb Ruane

Tir agus teanga. The poet Máire Mac an tSaoi called Irish the language of the heart. English was for the system, but Irish was about voicing the soul.

Eamon Gilmore, Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin must have been polishing up the glottal sounds for TG4's three-way leaders' debate as Gaeilge but would they wear their hearts on their sleeves? We were about to find out.

Images of Ireland's sovereign past dappled the set behind them, drawn from scraps of Leinster House, Doric columns and what looked like the GPO.

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