FORMER Lá Nua journalist Gearóid Ó Cairealláin is yet another Andytown News republican unimpressed with Sinn Fein. Writing in the North Belfast News, he reveals he won’t be voting for the party again after its four representatives on Foras na Gaeilge acquiesed in the Irish language body’s decision to stop funding Ireland’s only daily Irish-language newspaper. Ó Cairealláin writes:
We always assumed that Sinn Féin supported Irish so much that they would have banged the table, and shouted and roared their opposition to this act of short sighted cultural homicide. But no, Sinn Féin agreed totally, with the result that Lá Nua, the first and only Irish language daily is no more and ten people in west Belfasts Gaeltacht Quarter were dumped onto the dole and started 2009 out of work. The amount of money involved was miniscule (sic). So, its no more votes from me and mine for Sinn Féin.
I thought that Sinn Féin could be trusted as regard to the Irish language. I was wrong. Now I wonder, can they be trusted with anything?