Sinn Fein are the winners when the unused Irish language becomes a sacred cow

As a regular letter writer who has lived and worked all my life in Dublin, I feel it necessary to warn my Northern Irish neighbours that the Irish language agenda espoused by Sinn Fein and the all powerful '˜Language Commissioner' continues to enjoy full governmental approval for the downgrading of English in the Republic of Ireland.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 8:04 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:14 pm

As most will already know, new legislation promoting the introduction of Irish has become a priority at government level here and the language commissioner now has sweeping powers to impose its use wherever it sees fit.

This he can do on a whim, from his ivory tower in west Galway.

You might wonder why I should feel so strongly about a language that can never really threaten English in either jurisdiction.

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The answer is simple — Sinn Fein would see it as a stunning victory.

Such is what happens when an unused language becomes a sacred cow and the plaything of a new breed of tsars.

Sinn Fein would also be the sole beneficiaries of its introduction.

Bad news in any language!

Niall Ginty, Killester, Dublin 5