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Putting The Éire In Ireland

For the last four or five years of An Sionnach Fionn I have been promoting the potential benefits of “language tourism” for Ireland’s economy. The indigenous culture of this island nation represents a largely untapped … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

Fighting To Speak Irish, Forced To Speak English

@thetwicket @MisneachNYC €billions per annum promoting the ENGLISH language, including compulsory useage, and this indeed is what it gets us — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) March 19, 2015

March 20, 2015 · 20 Comments

Irish-Speakers Are Second-Class Europeans

In May of 2014 the Sinn Féin member and Irish rights campaigner Liadh Ní Riada was elected to the European Parliament with the promise to seek full legal equality for Irish-speaking citizens of … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 15 Comments

Stoking The Fires Of Hate

Conservative journalist and current Irish Independent columnist Sarah Carey has spent much of her career railing against the “national language” of Ireland and those citizens and communities who speak it. … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 15 Comments

Speak White

Canada’s National Post newspaper, a staunchly federalist (aka. “Unionist”) publication, carries a typically angry tirade by the writer and presenter Dan Delmar against laws in his home territory of Québec promoting … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Slut-Shaming Irish-Speakers

The so-called “politicised nature” of the Irish language is one of the rhetorical weapons brandished by English language diatribists in Ireland every time our indigenous tongue achieves some modicum of success in growth or societal acceptance. … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 27 Comments

Decolonization Begins With One Word

From Vice Magazine, the campaign by Native Australian communities to reassert their cultural, linguistic and territorial rights: “On February 9, members of the National Freedom Movement gathered on the lawns … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

All-Ireland Majority Support For Irish Language State Services

A new all-Ireland poll has found that majorities both nationally and regionally support the provision of public services in the Irish language. From the Irish Examiner: “A survey of over … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 8 Comments

25000 Protest Galician Language Rights

A short post to note last Sunday’s demonstration in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Iberian region of Galicia, which drew 25,000 people in support of the Galician language. … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

It Seems That Bigotry Unites As Well As Divides

  Continuing with the controversies that have arisen in the eastern Scottish region of Fife where British nationalist politicians from the main Unionist parties have sought to impede the provision of bilingual services to … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Putting The Irish Language Down

  For the last three years I have argued that when it comes to the linguistic and cultural rights of the Irish-speaking minority on this island nation the present Fine Gael-Labour coalition is one … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 51 Comments

The Walking Gaels, Not So Dead After All

  The anglophone supremacists who influence so much of Ireland’s ideologically incestuous news media insist that Irish is a “dead language”. No one, they confidently assert, speaks, reads or writes in the indigenous speech of this island nation (or if they … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 24 Comments

The English Empire Strikes Back In Scotland

Following on from yesterday’s post examining press reports that Dundee City Council had agreed to reverse efforts to place the English and Scottish (Gaelic) languages on an equal footing in Scotland’s … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

The United Languages Of Europe

Contrast and compare these stories from Scotland on the Scottish (Gaelic) language. First up, from the Courier: “Ambitious plans to promote Gaelic in Dundee have been significantly scaled back. Council … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 27 Comments

Yes To Equality

There are many fair and progressive reasons to vote yes in the expected referendum on marriage equality later this year and I agree with most of them. However there is … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Most Fucked Up Little Country In the World

How do you eliminate institutional discrimination against a minority community when public servants from an apathetic majority community dominate nearly all government departments and services? By ensuring that those who are discriminated against … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 39 Comments

Translation Fail

Cautioning on the perils of machine translation, especially when expectations surpass achievable results, Michael Bauer on his Dear Developer blog posts a letter he has written to the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser following the latter’s suggestion that Scottish (Scottish … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 10 Comments

Je Suis Gael

In 1981 the “reverend” Ian Paisley MP MEP, founder and chief of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party and several quasi-terrorist groupings (notably the Ulster Resistance), … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 42 Comments

No Gaels, Queers, Dykes Or Trannies

Is it just me or have you noticed that racists and homophobes tend to share the same political and ideological fixations? I mean, you rarely find a racist who is not a homophobe, … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 27 Comments

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