Northern Ireland: Irish language activist dumps on S inn Fein …

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sun Feb 8 17:48:04 UTC 2009

Irish language activist dumps on Sinn Fein…

FORMER Lá Nua journalist Gearóid Ó Cairealláin is yet another Andytown
News republican unimpressed with Sinn Fein. Writing in the North
Belfast News, he reveals he won't be voting for the party again after
its four representatives on Foras na Gaeilge acquiesed in the Irish
language body's decision to stop funding Ireland's only daily
Irish-language newspaper. Ó Cairealláin writes:

We always assumed that Sinn Féin supported Irish so much that they
would have banged the table, and shouted and roared their opposition
to this act of short sighted cultural homicide. But no, Sinn Féin
agreed totally, with the result that Lá Nua, the first and only Irish
language daily is no more and ten people in west Belfast's Gaeltacht
Quarter were dumped onto the dole and started 2009 out of work. The
amount of money involved was miniscule (sic). So, it's no more votes
from me and mine for Sinn Féin.

I thought that Sinn Féin could be trusted as regard to the Irish
language. I was wrong. Now I wonder, can they be trusted with

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