The BBC is reporting that there is speculation that Nelson McCausland, who has declared that a ‘culture war’ exists in the North may be appointed as Culture Minister.
McCausland is without much doubt the most anti-Irish language MLA in the assembly and has been a long term opponent of the language. Surely it would be a retrograde step to appoint him as Culture minister in a divided society, but with the DUP grabbing defeat from the jaws a victory, hardly a surprise.
Will a new generation of Irish speakers will now brace for a fresh battle with an agressive state? Undoubtedly.