YOGHURT CAN COCA COALYER
DUP MP Gregory Campbell has been accused of “pure ignorance” after replaying to the assembly speaker during a debate on the Irish language and Ulster Scots with “curry my yoghurt”.
Shame Fein culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin, said Mr Campbell’s behaviour was “not befinitting a member of the assembly”. The comments came after the pair clashed during a debate on the Irish language and Ulster Scots when Mr Cambell was invited to speak by principal deputy speaker, Mitchel McLaughlin. In response, Mr Campbell appeared to mock the Irish language replaying: “Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer”. The phrase was an apparent referance to “go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comharle” which means “Thankyou, speaker, in Irish. When Mr Campbell’s behaviour was not “benifitting a member of the assembly”. “If it’s anything to go by what you just did, we don’t need a strategy for pure ignorence,” she said. Ms Ni Chulin said she had complained to the Speaker’s Office about Mr Campbell’s “mockery of the Irish language”. It is not the first time Mr Campbell has outspoken about the Irish language. In October 2012 the DUP MP voiced his criticism of an eduational advert in Irish. Mr Campbell said the advert, one of several being broadcast in English and Irish as part of a campaign aimed at encourging parents to take part in their childrens education, was entirely inapporpriate”. In 1987, fellow DUP MP Sammy (I have no cloth’s on) Wilson, a former Belfast City Councillor, labelled Irish, “a leprechaun language” after it was spoken during a council debate by Shame Fein councillors.
With many thanks to: Marie Louise McConville, The Irish News, for the origional story.