Noel Whelan: Sinn Féin has weaponised the Irish language

Party leadership only cares about language as a means to score a political win in North

Parliament buildings in Belfast.  Photograph: Reuters

Parliament buildings in Belfast. Photograph: Reuters

Once more politics in Northern Ireland is mired in stalemate. So much has again got lost in translation. It goes far deeper than a mere dispute about statutory support for the Irish language.

The divergence in political cultures, which were papered over by the powersharing Executives, has again been exposed.

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