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Posted by Tiogar on February 29, 2004 at 12:23:01:
In Reply to: Re: Its actually quite interesting posted by Mike on February 29, 2004 at 12:09:42:
You're changing direction there Mike, you referred to the Irish language as incomprehensible gobbeldygook, Gerry Adams I presume is a realist, and knows that a lot of the Sinn Féin grass roots don't speak Irish, therefore not much point in his whole speech being in Irish. Gerry Adams is a Gaelgóir. He doesn't just pay lip service to the Irish Language. You may have noticed he wears a fáinne ór on his lapel. Many of the members of Sinn Féin sitting on the platform yesterday are gaelgóirí, Aengus O Snodaigh, Caoimhghín O Caoláín, Bairbre Dé Brún to name but a few, and I can assure you that not one of them would have a problem with any politician in Ireland doing part of their speech to their party faithful in Irish. I know I would welcome the fact that Enda Kenny or Bertie Aherne or Ruairí Quinn, or any politician would start of their speeches in Irish. I may not agree with the content of their speeches, but I would appreciate them promoting the Irish language.