June 13, 2013

NI21 Tweets in Irish

This was a tweet sent by @NI21official, citing and directing people to an article written by An Tuairisceoir, an Irish language magazine. The tweet triggered a report by Stephen Walker, BBC political reporter.

Stephen Walker explained in his report:
'The party's Jonathon Rainey said they would tweet in Irish "because our party is of interest to Irish speakers".'
Though this tweet puts a question mark over the idea of this being established Twitter practice for the party:

Response from @N121official communication officer:
"We're genuinely pleased with level of support we got for tweeting Irish language link. I live in Cavan and my kids all speak Irish. Second nature to me. I'm in favour of tweeting in Irish when its warranted. Interested in alternative view too."

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