How to make Unionists comfortable with Irish

An interesting remark from SF’s Francie Brolly on Monday during question time:

I do not accept that the rights of Irish speakers should be subject to consultation.

I have to say, that makes me feel an awful lot better about the impending Irish Language legislation. He continued:

A right is a right.

Indeed it is, the right to life for example is not negotiable. Any “right” to speak Irish is in no way infringed in Northern Ireland, if it were Brolly might have a point. As it is, his comments only serve to cement the feeling amongst Unionists that this is not a rights issue, but a cultural warfare issue.

I used to write and get paid, now I read and don’t.

Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday

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