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WAR OF WORDS BREAKS OUT IN ANTRIM

Thursday, 12 April 2018

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A 'RIPPIN match' has erupted in Antrim following the appearance of Ulster Scots signage in the town centre - just a matter of weeks after unionists scoffed at the notion of putting up street signs in Irish.
Back in February, the chamber voted for a strict 'English only' policy after a number of Antrim and Newtownabbey ratepayers petitioned for signs in five streets to include Irish too.
It was shot down by 27 votes to eight. Significantly all unionists in the chamber refused to surrender.
But then something curious happened in downtown Antrim.
Without any fanfare at least 10 large council planters were emblazoned with logos welcoming visitors to the Scotch Quarter.
The signs have not gone unnoticed - as has the apparent 'double standard'. Why is Irish outlawed, yet Ulster Scots is 'allooed'?
That's the very question posed by one irate Antrim man. He believes that if the council continues to play with words, the writing could be on the wall for community relations.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian

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