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Did You Hear The One About The Irish Name Spelled With Chinese Letters?

If you and your family are native Irish-speakers and you live in an Irish-speaking region, it seems not unreasonable to expect that your children will be educated by an Irish-speaking teacher when they attend … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 12 Comments

The Irish Language Is The Most Dangerous Language Of All The World’s Most Dangerous Languages

It’s not discriminatory – its health and safety! That seems to be the disapproving line taken in this article from Breakingnews.ie on the long-delayed decision by a state agency to erect … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Right To Hate The Second-Class Irish

  Another year, another dire record of public services to Irish-speaking citizens and communities by the supposedly bilingual Irish state (note the word “Irish” in that description. Ah, the irony…). … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 13 Comments

Ireland’s English State

Another year, another name-and-shame report from Ireland’s Language Commissioner, the independent ombudsman tasked with overseeing the implementation of the country’s Official Languages Act of 2003. This legislation guarantees limited rights … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 16 Comments

Saving The Language Commissioner

It’s been a hard struggle, and a long one, but the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government has finally succumbed to public pressure and agreed to retain the independent office of the … Continue reading

April 4, 2014

An Invisible People With Invisible Rights

An Coimisinéir Teanga or the Language Commissioner is a legal officer of the Irish state who’s role under the Official Languages Act of 2003 is to ensure the equal provision … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 25 Comments

Ireland’s Apartheid Republic

In response to yesterday’s surprise resignation by the Language Rights Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin, an act of protest against the culture of Anglophone discrimination towards Hibernophones that pervades the Irish state … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Arrested For Speaking Irish – Welcome To Anglo-Ireland!

Seán Ó Cuirreáin, an Coimisinéir Teanga or the Language Commissioner, released his Annual Report for 2012 at an event in Galway yesterday and it has proven to be yet another dreadful year for the advancement of … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 39 Comments

Shining A Light On Institutional Discrimination?

Following on from the revelations of serious breaches by a significant number of public bodies in relation to their legal obligations under the Official Languages Act of 2003 (contained in the 2011 … Continue reading

May 3, 2012

Institutional Discrimination In The Irish State – The Culture Of An “Anglophone Stormont”

If you’ve been wondering just exactly why the Fine Gael – Labour coalition government seems so utterly determined to scrap the office of An Coimisinéir Teanga or the Language Commissioner, despite a torrent of criticism and opposition both … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 3 Comments

Speak English! Or Else…

On Tuesday I discussed the slow but steady linguistic change currently taking place in Wales, with increasing numbers of Welsh people returning to their native language, largely due to a … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · 13 Comments

If It’s Good Enough For The Welsh, Why Is It Not Good Enough For The Irish?

In Ireland, after eight centuries of foreign colonial rule and despite nearly a century of independence, some of the population have been so thoroughly anglicised in their language, culture and … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

The State Of Irish – In The Irish State

In today’s Irish Times (following on from yesterday’s bizarre anti-Irish rant by Ann Marie Hourihane) Finbar McDonnell examines the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government’s attitudes to it’s Irish speaking citizens in these economically straitened times: “THE VIBRANT Seachtain na Gaeilge … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Speaking In Two Tongues

Do you know that you live in an officially bilingual Ireland? Believe it or not but the Government of Ireland committed itself to a policy of “official bilingualism” across the … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · 13 Comments

The Pettiness Of Casual Discrimination In Ireland

From the Irish Times, a story about a seemingly causal act of unthinking discrimination that actually reveals quiet a lot about the thinking of those who regulate and govern our lives: “NEW INFORMATION signs … Continue reading

February 3, 2012

Irish Rights Are Equals Rights – So Fight Back!

Over the last several months I have regularly highlighted the alarm felt by many in Ireland and beyond over the Fine Gael-Labour government’s attitudes to the Irish language and the Irish-speaking population of Ireland (and those … Continue reading

January 24, 2012

Fighting For The Truth

There is a letter in The Irish Times from a host of Irish civil rights campaigners, journalists, businesspeople, academics and student leaders protesting the decision by the Irish government to abolish the Office of An … Continue reading

January 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

An Anti-Irish Free State?

I’ve written several pieces here about the shock and dismay felt by many Irish-speaking citizens across Ireland at the decision by the current Fine Gael-Labour coalition government to abolish the office of An … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 2 Comments

Fight The Power!

From Galltacht, the Hidden Ireland blog, Eoin Ó Riain brings the latest news on the campaign to defend the office of the Language Commissioner, An Coimisinéir Teanga, from the government program to roll back … Continue reading

December 6, 2011

Tá An Réabhlóid Ag Teacht!

Inspired by the images emerging from the Occupy movement here are some more adaptations of my own, this time in the style of classic activist posters. I have two versions of the same graphic for … Continue reading

November 29, 2011

Sábháil Ár dTeanga

The outrage sparked by the Fine Gael-Labour government’s controversial decision to abolish the office of An Coimisinéir Teanga continues to grow. The Irish Times carries the latest news: “ACADEMICS, IRISH language … Continue reading

November 19, 2011

Agóid Tobstailce @ Dáil Éireann

Some photos of the student demonstration held outside Dáil Éireann yesterday evening, a couple of hours after the shock government announcement of the abolishment of the office of the Language Commissioner.          

November 18, 2011

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