AN SIONNACH FIONN

The Oirish Independent presents the perfect example of how to spin a story to match a set political agenda. In this case an anti-Irish one.

“Students shun Gaeltacht trips”

Really? Thousands of young Irish people are deliberately turning their backs on the core Irish-speaking communities? “Shun”? Definitely overtones of something bad there. After all convicted criminals and shamed individuals are often “shunned”. What on earth did the peoples of the Gaeltachtaí do?

“THOUSANDS of students are signing up for foreign language courses at home and abroad as trips to the Gaeltacht have been hit by a 15pc fall in numbers.

Fewer than 24,000 children are expected to travel for summer Irish courses this year, down from 28,000 in 2008.

However, agencies running summer courses in French, Spanish and other foreign languages are reporting record numbers.

Official figures from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht show a continuous…

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