Tom McGurk: Hostility to Irish exposes true nature of unionism

Tom McGurk: Hostility to Irish exposes true nature of unionism

The shadow of the tally-stick hangs over the DUP’s attitude to an Irish Language Act. This is a serious crisis

Might I suggest that the officer class in the DUP take a little time out this summer and settle down and read John Montague’s long poem The Rough Field. It’s a rich and compelling evocation of Ulster and a celebration of Montague’s home place in Garvaghey, Co Tyrone. Importantly, it investigates all the themes of the nationalist experience in the post-partition years in the North, political, familial and cultural. It’s a place the DUP seemingly keeps getting lost in.

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