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Pronunciation row over 'H' blocks debate

(Irish News)

A row has erupted between the DUP and Sinn Féin in Co Antrim over the pronunciation of the letter H.

Rasharkin Sinn Féin man Daithi McKay accused DUP councillor Mervyn Storey of attacking him and his council colleagues in Ballymoney over the way they said the letter. But Councillor Storey hit back saying he was only being "facetious" during a debate and that Sinn Féin were "sad" for trying to turn it into a serious political point.

Traditionally nationalists pronounce the letter differently from unionists in Northern Ireland.

During a discussion at Ballymoney council the letter H came up for discussion during a debate about spelling on a road nameplate.

Councillor McKay claimed: "Mervyn Storey told us we were not even pronouncing the letter H right. Such a primitively sectarian act speaks volumes about the people who engage in it.

"When unionist leaders are interested in the way Catholics say their alphabet it should give not only nationalists, but moderate unionists, cause for concern."

Mr Storey admitted making a remark about the letter during a council debate but said he was only being "facetious, as I often am, rather than making a political point".

December 14, 2005
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This article appeared first in the December 5, 2005 edition of the Irish News.


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