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  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 08:44 PM

Declan Lynch: Overwhelmingly, we Irish prefer the lie

Declan Lynch / Irish Independent
In the recent census, 1.77 million people said that they were able to speak the Irish language. I have written that sentence four times, no doubt bringing back happy memories of your schooldays, but mainly to ensure that the magnitude of the statement is fully absorbed. Because this is not just a lie. All official statements pertaining to the Irish language are to some extent a lie, but it is the extraordinary size of the lie in this case which requires special attention.

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