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Belfast City Council blocks bi-lingual signs

Belfast City Council blocks bi-lingual signs

This is just pathetic N.Ireland at its ‘point scoring’ best.

We do not need road/street signs in a language most of us don’t speak, read or understand. It’s just another attempt by nationalists to undermine things. They should be in English: full stop.


This is a victory for both common sense and cohesiveness. Every time I go into an area with additional Irish/Ulster Scots name plates, I immediately think: ‘This must be a divided community.’


The majority of county, city or town names here originate from Gaelic and refer to someone, a feature or a natural environmental aspect e.g. Belfast - Beal Feirste - the mouth of the sandbars. Such knowledge does not diminish you as British, Ulster or Irish and may give you something to add to the pride you take in your native village, town, city or county.


Which planet do these people live on? Is it La-La land? We are being told to tighten our belts and save and this lot wanted to put up signs that most of the population can’t ruddy well read. They tell us they must reflect ethnic diversity; so can we expect signs in Polish, Romanian and Chinese? There must be as many of these as Ulster Scots speakers.


Oh, stop moaning about the cost! NI will probably get more tourists if foreigners see it as part of Ireland rather than as that place where all the fighting used to be!


I’d rather see the money being spent on something we need - not on a political gesture to satisfy republicans who live in a time warp. Ulster Scots is not a language - it’s a dialect. As for the Irish language - let them have it in their Gaeltacht Quarter.


Every time I read a story such as this about Irish/Ulster Scots or about this flag or that flag it just makes me sad. We are supposed to be moving on but we’re obviously not.


Belfast Telegraph - Litir chuig an Eagarthóir
22 Márta 2011

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