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The Irish language shouldn’t be a sectarian issue

Growing up as a Protestant in Belfast, I didn't speak a work of Irish. Now, I run a language centre—and know that the language doesn't "threaten Britishness" at all

By Linda Ervine  

A man walks past graffiti calling for an Irish Language act. Photo: PA

There were no Irish language lessons in my school when I was young.  I grew up totally unaware that 95 per cent of the place names in Northern Ireland come from the Irish language, that many of our surnames are Irish and that words and constructions that we use in our everyday speech also come the language.

The reason that I did not know any of these facts was because I am a Protestant and part…

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