FERMANAGH DUP councillor,
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.”
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“.
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’
The Irish classes were launched in September and are held at the Enniskillen Castle Museum,
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
DUP Councillor Bert Johnston
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?
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?
MLA Phil Flanagan, said: “I have no problem respecting Bert’s Britishness. Clearly Bert has a problem respecting mine and others’ Irishness.”
“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”.
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.”
Well Mr Johnson,
Nelson Mc Causland doesn’t get it either