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Alliance Party (NI) launches Irish language policy

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An interesting development in Northern Ireland, as the Alliance Party launched a new policy document aiming to promote Irish and Ulster Scots in Belfast City. Traditionally, Irish was seen as the preserve of Northern nationalists, with isolated pockets of individual Protestant interest in the culture. For the first time, however, a party with significant levels of Protestant support has endorsed the language, and while the DUP remain hostile, the UUP could yet be convinced to support initiatives in the future.

https://www.allianceparty.org/article/2016/0010780/a-new-chapter-for-language-issues-in-belfast

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fatty.Lumpkin

Fantastic news! Irish is the language of everyone who is Irish it needn't be divided on nationalist lines. My mother in law is Irish but once when I asked if she spoke any Irish she told me it was just the nationalists the troublemakers as she put it. Very sad as she is Irish. Good to see this news!

I like the idea of an increase in Irish language within schools. This happened in Wales with Welsh and it seems promotion of Welsh has worked well in that way.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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Glad to see Irish G. on the rise.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161
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Following the Welsh experience, supporting Irish medium schools, especially primary, is probably essential if Irish is to survive.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jhacker
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It is going to take more than the expansion of the Gaelscoileanna to really change the situation for Irish. It is going to require some drastic and draconian changes in the law in Ireland that would really put them at odds with the standards required by the EU.

1 year ago
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