WHILE doom and gloom pervades each and every economic corner of Northern Ireland, it is re-assuring that the Department of Regional Development has a weather eye on the language needs of Northern Ireland.
Conor Murphy has announced a consultation on whether we need bi-lingual road signage: with either Irish or Ulster-Scots translations.
Let’s rejoice in this forward-thinking policy!
For this is not just cunning lingual plans, this is an economic proposal. For if we get bi-lingual – or even tri-lingual – signs then we’ll need a lot of signs designed (work for graphic designers), lots of language checking (work for translators) and erection of the signs (work for DRD staff).
If only there was a few quid spare to pay for it all.