The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Conas atá tú in Inis Ceithleann

FERMANAGH DUP councillor,
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bert johnson
Bert Johnston has dug in his heels against a road name on the outskirts of Enniskillen being given an Irish dual name.
I prefer the English name because if you put up an Ulster Scots name, it’s an indication that it’s a unionist area and if you put up a bi-lingual name, English and Irish, it’s an indication that it’s a republican area.”
only your opinion
sinn fein
tommy maguire

councillor, Tommy Maguire, who also sits on the ‘naming’ committee, said “the use of the Irish name, along with the English name, on street signs was in keeping with political changes“.
weekend homework
for Mr Johnson, DUP Councillor
We have been working away through the council to get to this stage, to getting the Irish language recognised in its rightful place post-Good Friday Agreement, post the St Andrews Agreement and post the European Convention on Minority Languages.”
“We have 110 people attending Irish classes that the council provides, and there are other developments across the county, including the setting up of a craobh (branch) of Conrad na Gaeilge in Donagh.”
IRISH is there for everybody
irish classes
The Irish classes were launched in September and are held at the Enniskillen Castle Museum,
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free of charge through Fermanagh District Council as part of its Linguistic Diversity Policy through a service level agreement with the Ulster Council GAA
In an e-mail message that ended up on social networks
leaked e mail
DUP Councillor Bert Johnston
bert johnson
thanks for support and encouragement in ‘his bid against the introduction of the Irish language to his town that produced the Inniskilling Fusiliers that fought for freedom”
Query: Doesn’t he know the Inniskilling Fusiliers no longer exist?
weekend homework
The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a British Army Irish infantry regiment, was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot and the 108th Regiment of Foot. It saw service in the South African War, WWI and WWII before being amalgamated into the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968
Query: What have the defunct Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to do with Conas atá tú in Enniskillen?
sinn fein
Phil Flanagan
MLA Phil Flanagan, said: “I have no problem respecting Bert’s Britishness. Clearly Bert has a problem respecting mine and others’ Irishness.”
cross your mind
“Bert’s comment is an example of how some within the DUP struggle to deal with the central plank of the Good Friday Agreement which is parity of esteem”.
parity of esteem
Cllr Johnston responded: “The criticisms by the MLA Phil Flanagan is nothing to do with what I said. I would say that it’s just creating a storm in a teacup.”
storm in a teacup
Well Mr Johnson,
dont get it
Nelson Mc Causland doesn’t get it either

2 thoughts on “The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Conas atá tú in Inis Ceithleann

    • thanks for your comment MPG – I suppose they could only be held responsible if a dossier were to be set up – listing each and every incident that shows “parity of esteem” is an unknown concept. if it were to be compiled I expect it would have to go at least to Westminster and the Dail as both governments were involved in setting up the GFA and subsequent agreements


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