Thursday, 18 June 2015

Changed Times

The new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is to have bilingual English-Irish signage at all council facilities, save two where signage will be trilingual, reports the Ulster Herald.

The area covered by the council is the size of a county — indeed, larger, since it takes in the entirety of Fermanagh and a fair chunk of Tyrone.

Earlier this year the Belfast Telegraph reported on a dispute concerning the use of languages in the new bilingual logo to be adopted by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council — a first, since it concerned not the practice of bilingualism but the order of the languages, a sign of increasing Nationalist cultural confidence or a lack of concern for community relations, depending on one's interpretation.
"SDLP and Sinn Fein are also backing plans to implement the policy throughout Northern Ireland. It could see three new nationalist super councils - Fermanagh and Omagh, Derry and Strabane, and Mid Ulster - adopting the same policy for their logo for corporate stationary and vehicles."
Geographically, the council areas cover approximately half of Northern Ireland — but much less in population terms.

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