The Common Enemy Unites Ireland North And South

Wexford Labour Party councillor Robert Ireton pictured in November 2014

Some people claim that Ireland will never be reunited. That the British Unionist minority in the north-east of the country are incapable of accepting the end of Britain’s centuries-old occupation, and of partition itself. Whatever happens, whatever votes or referendums are held, they predict that a majority of Unionist leaders will once again resort to violence and the threat of … Continue reading

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The Irish Slave Mind

Native African workers in the Belgian Congo, men, women and children with their hands cut off by their European masters

Given some recent conversations on ASF I thought this article might be of interest to a number of readers. It discusses the much vexed issue of the Irish “slave mentality”, the aberrant mindset found in a significant number of people on this island nation who place no value in their own linguistic, cultural or national identity but who instead wish to emulate the identity … Continue reading

Ambivalent Language Masks Intolerance

Caoibec - Québec

In light of two recent posts, “The Acceptable Form Of Racism In Ireland” and “Sinn Féin’s Bluff And Bluster On Irish Rights”, and the subsequent contributions in the Comments (for which thanks to all), I thought this short article over on Diaga, “Language Resistance 2 – Ambivalence (Québec)”, makes some excellent points of its own. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

Sinn Féin’s Bluff And Bluster On Irish Rights

Sinn Féin's Irish language policies

Sinn Féin, and to a lesser extent the SDLP, are still throwing all sorts of shapes in the regional assembly at Stormont protesting the sub-racist banter of the DUP’s Gregory Campbell, regressive Unionism’s long-standing agent provocateur for all things Irish, including our language. His bigotry towards Irish-speaking communities and citizens is nothing new. Like many British … Continue reading

America Has The Tea Party, Ireland Has The DUP Party

Ireland in chains

Gregory Campbell is one of the better known members of the DUP in Ireland, the once fringe British Unionist party which has dominated one half of the power-sharing regional administration in the north-east of the country since 2007. He currently serves as an MP in the Westminster parliament in London and an MLA in the Stormont assembly in Belfast. In the latter capacity he has … Continue reading

The Acceptable Form Of Racism In Ireland

Scary Eire

Do Irish-speaking communities and citizens in Ireland enjoy full equality with their English-speaking peers when it comes to the institutions of the state? I have long argued that they do not and the events of the last three years have provided plenty of evidence of that. We have witnessed law-abiding people being arrested by the … Continue reading

Ireland Of The Apes

Speak English! Not Irish!

Are we really so enslaved to our post-colonial neuroses, so malformed by centuries of external domination, that even after ninety years of independence we are still unable to contemplate giving equal prominence to our own language on our own road signs alongside the language of our one-time masters? And what excuses do we cushion our own pathetic feelings of … Continue reading

The Problem With Irish? Not Enough Politics!

Labhair Gaeilge

There is a great article over on Diaga on the importance of persecuted communities with distinct languages and cultures achieving some form of political autonomy if their identities are to survive. I recommend that you read the whole thing but here are some highlights: “Mulling over the Scottish ‘no’ vote last week, it occurred to me just … Continue reading

The Embarrassment Of Being Irish

The BBC can do Irish but RTÉ can't

So after eighteen years of an online presence our self-proclaimed “national public service broadcaster”, RTÉ, has finally got around to providing a web-based Irish language news site (though you might have to search through the RTÉ homepage to find it). I suppose one should welcome the move as a sign of more demand driving more … Continue reading

Australia’s Shame

Protesting Aboriginal or Native Australian rights in Australia

Native Australians make up just 2% of Australia’s population but form an incredible 26% of the national prison population, rising to 90% in some regions. That is a shocking indictment of the continental nation’s relations with its indigenous peoples. Something is very, very wrong in the land down under and Vice magazine highlights one particular … Continue reading

The Irrational Nature Of The Anti-Irish Bigots

English versus An Ghaeilge

Have some indigenous Gaelic moles crept into the hallowed Hibernophobe halls of Independent House, publishers of the Indo stable of newspapers? A couple of weeks ago we witnessed some atypically discrimination-free commentary on the rights of Irish-speaking citizens from Clare Cullen in the Irish Independent. Now we have radio reviewer Darragh McManus offering some more sane opinions in the same … Continue reading

Irish-Medium Education Overcoming The Odds

Labhair Gaeilge

Over the last decade the devolved government in Wales, with near cross-party unanimity, has used its growing powers over education to encourage Welsh-medium education by facilitating the growth of existing and new Welsh-speaking schools across the country. In 2013 nearly 24% of primary and 21% of secondary age students attended Welsh-medium schools, a rise from … Continue reading

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