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    Just for the sake of argument, if there was a united Ireland would you be in favour of forcing the Brits up North to learn Irish? Would you make it compulsory for their kids? Surely they would never accept that? What do Sinn Fein have to say about this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by galteeman View Post
    Just for the sake of argument, if there was a united Ireland would you be in favour of forcing the Brits up North to learn Irish? Would you make it compulsory for their kids? Surely they would never accept that? What do Sinn Fein have to say about this?

    SF would be too busy trying to learn Irish themselves. Its not as if West Belfast is a thriving Gaeltacht at the moment

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    The lunatic attempt to get us all to speak Irish has failed abysmally.
    Most kids leaving Irish school celebrate never having to know or care about the Irish language for the rest of their lives.
    It is an utterly useless language - who is ever going to speak it except some sheep farmer in some backwoods part of Connemara? - and the time and expense wasted on trying to drum it into kids heads would be better spent teaching them skills they can actually use in the real world - science and ICT skills for starters.
    If some people want to learn Irish -fine - you can indulge your hobby on your own free time.
    Kids should be taught languages like Chinese, Hindi, Russian, German, Spanish and Arabic in our schools.
    We live in a global society and economic now and our curriculum should reflect that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galteeman View Post
    Surely they would never accept that? What do Sinn Fein have to say about this?
    Their policy is a "free and Gaelic Ireland" rather than a free and bilingual Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by galteeman View Post
    Just for the sake of argument, if there was a united Ireland would you be in favour of forcing the Brits up North to learn Irish? Would you make it compulsory for their kids? Surely they would never accept that? What do Sinn Fein have to say about this?
    Good luck with your "United Ireland" while you use terms like "the Brits up North".

    We do speak an Irish language, north and south. It's called Hiberno-English.

    And I couldn't give a rat's ass what Sinn Fein have to say about anything. The views of murderers and criminal thugs shouldn't get an airing.
    At some point the gloves must come off and we face our adversaries.
    We're all Rhodesians now.

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    The Irish up north are forced to learn English.
    ..the Irish nation can become other than white, by privileging the voices of the racialised and subverting state immigration but also integration policies. – Ronit Lentin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    The lunatic attempt to get us all to speak Irish has failed abysmally.
    Most kids leaving Irish school celebrate never having to know or care about the Irish language for the rest of their lives.
    It is an utterly useless language - who is ever going to speak it except some sheep farmer in some backwoods part of Connemara? - and the time and expense wasted on trying to drum it into kids heads would be better spent teaching them skills they can actually use in the real world - science and ICT skills for starters.
    If some people want to learn Irish -fine - you can indulge your hobby on your own free time.
    Kids should be taught languages like Chinese, Hindi, Russian, German, Spanish and Arabic in our schools.
    We live in a global society and economic now and our curriculum should reflect that.
    Self-loathing West Brit alert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Their policy is a "free and Gaelic Ireland" rather than a free and bilingual Ireland.
    OK, you can keep English only....providing you do something about that horrendous Norn Iron axxent. petunia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glaucon View Post
    Self-loathing West Brit alert.
    I dont understand the self loathing comment, at worst I'd describe it as pragmatic. But who are you to tell your neighbour what they should speak? that would make you a fascist right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telemachus View Post
    The Irish up north are forced to learn English.
    I blame the parents.

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