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Irish should not be a burden for us all

FORCING everyone to learn a language for the purpose of cultural enlightenment is a blunt tactic that breeds indifference.

Encouraging pupils to voluntarily pick it up, speaking it as a hobby instead of an obligation, is a far more honest policy than insisting every government publication and road sign is as Gaeilge.

Whoever wants to learn it, should be encouraged and rewarded. However, equally, those who have no interest, should not be penalised or flogged with it.

Those who have the aptitude for it, definitely should indulge in it and have full support, but it should not be a burden on those who are uninterested.

Mark Lonergan
Dublin 11

Irish Independent