Politicians speaking a different language

Political Irish used to be just the ‘cúpla focal’ ritually intoned in the national interest but, last Wednesday night, the leaders of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil managed to do battle in the language of their ancestors for a full gruelling telev

19th February, 2011

Political Irish used to be just the ‘cúpla focal’ ritually intoned in the national interest but, last Wednesday night, the leaders of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil managed to do battle in the language of their ancestors for a full gruelling television hour. It was anything but living proof that the Irish language is dead.

As well as being genuinely historic and a triumph for TG4, the debate...

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