IN A bid to make non-Irish nationals feel more at home, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin wants to see the city’s street signs in Polish - and “African”.
Gerry should know there is 2000+ languages spoken on the continent of Africa and no such thing as "African language". But aside from that it is a lovely gesture and would be a sign that we are more au fait with the world than we were previously. Polish and languages like Yoruba and Igbo are languages that are now very common in Ireland . It would be a mark of respect if we did include at least some of the major street signs in Ireland as part of an initiativeAt present, all street signs across Ireland are displayed in English, then Irish.
But the new mayor wants to see Limerick go a step further - and embrace its sizeable population from Europe and Africa by including further translations.
“I am passionate about bringing everyone together. I was an immigrant myself: I have family abroad still in Wales and Australia so I understand what it is like. We have thousands of Poles and other foreign nationals here,” he explained, “I would like to see some Polish and African signs going up,” he said in an interview with the Limerick Leader.