Business going smoothly…

Willie Hay is the speaker. Francie Molloy, David McClarty and John Richard Dallat his deputies all elected unanimously. Both Paisley and McGuinness accept the pledge of office, though no one actually has to say the pledge, just affirm its terms. Catriona Ruane is Education Minister, and the first Sinn Fein official to give us a convincing rendition of their acceptance in Irish (Conor Murphy a decent second). Robinson and Dodds take Finance and Commerce respectively. McGimpsey takes health; Margaret Ritchie for Social Development. Arlene Foster takes Environment, whilst her erstwhile rival Michelle Gildernew takes Agriculture (not a murmur from the chamber, when she affirms the pledge). After Edwin Poots gets Arts, Reg asks himself to take Employment and learning and succeeds in confusing the Speaker in the process. Ian Junior and Gerry Kelly are last to affirm the pledge of office…

  • Bob wilson

    That will be John Dallat not Richards Dalla(s)!

  • irishspeaking

    I think Gerry’s Irish has improved greatly from last time the Assembly was going!! At least now he is semi convincing – last time was just dire!

  • Ulster McNulty

    “At least now he is semi convincing.”

    Whenever I hear him making a speech in irish it reminds me of the famous footage of Ted Heath making a speech in French – so bad it’s funny.

  • Forecast

    You raise me up, higher than a mountain…………………balls

  • Forecast

    oooops, did not mean to be too masty to the kids performing. Just thought that the song was arse.

  • Gum

    “not a murmur from the chamber”

    Mick – why is this significant?

  • Why was a song needed – and why that one! NI has produced many, many decent songs, and even more decent acts; this was sanatised nonsense. Should have been SLF, The Undertones, Therapy?, Ash, The Answer, Van Morrison – even Snow Patrol. If we’re going to have to listen/watch the stage managed drivel of speeches that were pre-agreed and shared amongst aides the least that could have been done was some decent music! If this is the shape of things to come help! At least the children did well!

  • They should have sung Suspect Device by SLF instead of that keek.

  • smcgiff

    ‘You raise me up, higher than a mountain’

    Go away! That wasn’t sung!

    I’ll p myself if this is true! 🙂

  • SuperSoupy

    smcgiff,

    A recording was played while some young adults with learning disabilities mimed in Makaton.

  • smcgiff

    ‘A recording was played while some young adults with learning disabilities mimed in Makaton.’

    Er… Anyone got some kitchen paper?

  • gaelgannaire

    If anyone has the ear of Gerry Adams, please, please tell him not to say ‘gura míle’.

    Only twelve year old girls say ‘gura míle’, its like street slang – perhaps ‘cool’ in certain circumstances but not from Gerry!

  • Mick Fealty

    Gum, it was a reference to that little difficulty from a few months back.

  • SuperSoupy

    mcgiff,

    It gets better.

    Ian, Martin, Bertie and Tony walked down the staircase to the podium while this was happening.

    It was the Brian Kennedy version of course.

    I’ve got to admit I laughed.

  • Er… Anyone got some kitchen paper?

    Sorry, Seamus, I used it all wiping up the boke!

  • Oilibhear Chromaill

    Mick, I don’t think it’s your place – or the place of anyone here to comment on the standard of Irish spoken by Gerry Adams – as the standard of Irish on Slugger is an embarrassment at times and just plain bad at others.
    I’m glad that he speaks it, as I am that from time to time, Slugger has a thread in Irish, though it does become tiresome when those threads are dominated by neanderthals who want the other users to revert to English, as if there weren’t enough threads in that language on the site.
    My own view is that some language purists have made it very difficult for people to use Irish because they are seen to pounce too quickly on those who are making an effort. These people, mostly academics and NOT activists for the Irish language on the ground throughout the north, are misguided.
    I would love, for instance, if one day Ian Paisley would preface one of his speeches with a few words as Gaeilge and if he were to do so haltingly or with difficulty, then I wouldn’t think any the less of him for that but encourage him in his efforts.

  • gaelgannaire

    Point accepted, I have never passed comment nor corrected anyones Irish in my life, BUT if we can highlight when polictians says something silly in English or anything else then we can do it about Irish. So whilst Gerry pronounced ‘gura míle’ correctly, I still think it sounds stupid in the context, what next? ‘Gura míle síle?’ – i’ll emigrate.

    I also appreciate effort, but it is clear that not all SF̩iners are serious about the language Рits about time they got serious in my view.

  • Mick Fealty

    Oili,

    Where have I made mention of Gerry’s Irish? Rather I made mention of those who made the best job of it. And I agree about the snobbishness of some purists, I am certainly not one of their number.

    As for ‘place’, well, that is a whole other argument…

  • darth rumsfeld

    “They should have sung Suspect Device by SLF instead of that keek.”

    Nah-“Gotta getaway” is the one

  • boredwithbelfast

    No, the perfect song would have been Belfast is Bored With You by Tin Pot Operation

  • Ulster McNulty

    Oilibhear C

    “Mick, I don’t think it’s your place – or the place of anyone here to comment on the standard of Irish spoken by Gerry Adams..”

    Why not? Some people are well spoken, some people aren’t, whatever the language, why can’t we comment? We do anyway if they are speaking in English (remember Johnny McQuade?) He’s a learner, he makes mistakes, sometimes it sounds excuciatingly bad – why patronise him?

    “I would love, for instance, if one day Ian Paisley would preface one of his speeches with a few words as Gaeilge..”

    I’d love it too, but I’d prefer if he stuck to northern idiom and said the few words i nGaeilge or, even better, i nGaeilig.

  • Err he could sing SLF’s ‘No More of That’ while he was at it…

  • screech

    Not usually in favour of censorship but that twat Brian Kennedy needs to be banned.

    Perhaps we could introduce a new law , crimes against music or somehing.

  • At least this time he wasn’t there gurning…

  • screech

    And we should not leave out that other useless git, Peter Corry.

    Corry & Kennedy – Belfast’s own Foster & Allen.

  • at least foster and allen had some talent…the debacle of US-style performance politics does not bode well for future…will every ministerial announcement now require a song and disabled children…will all committee meetings open with a schmaltz laden tune…