The IRA in earlier campaigns, say 1950s,was full of Gaeilgeoiri.
The stench of hypocrisy was overwhelming when McDonald and O Neill in the north were waffling on about language rights
Neither of them could speak a sentence in Irish.
Is it hypocrisy to recognise the value of a language you don't speak? I only half-know Irish, but I know it enough to know its value. Would it be hypocritical to be excited about the discovery of the lost books of Aristotle if you didn't know any Greek?
A rational thought, but I reject it.
Both O Neill and McDonald are from a fairly comfortable class. They had ample opportunities to learn the language if it mattered so much to them.
In that respect I despise Adams but recognise how he laboured to gain some proficiency in adverse times.