The Hidden Ireland blog highlights news of discrimination against the Irish-speaking communities and citizens of Ireland for their English-speaking peers who are often unaware of what is being done in their name. Eoin Ó Riain has now written a very important story on the fear haunting some members of the Irish-speaking population of Ireland: “Guth na… Read More There’s No Irish In Ireland!
The FG-Lab coalition government has finally produced its long expected Gaeltacht Bill 2012, the most controversial piece of legislation to be published in relation to the Gaeltachtaí or Irish-speaking regions of the country in over fifty years. The Irish Times carries a report: “The Gaeltacht Bill (2012) redesignates current Gaeltachtaí in seven counties as 19… Read More Gaeltacht Bill 2012 – Progress Or Hidden Agenda?
We’re in the middle of Seachtain na Gaeilge, the celebration of culture and identity that is the 109-year old Irish Language Week, and two very different views of the current state of our native tongue have emerged. In the Irish Times the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin correctly points out that the geographical spread of Irish speakers… Read More The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
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 festival runs nationally until March 17th, with tomorrow a Lá Gaeilge in the Dáil. At the same time, Irish language groups are campaigning against the… Read More The State Of Irish – In The Irish State
From the Mayo News yet more depressing evidence of how no one hates the Irish as much as the Irish themselves: “Gaeltacht communities who call for bilingual road signs ‘should be careful what they wish for’, as it could mean they lose their Gaeltacht status, according to a senior council official. Irish-language-only road signs were erected in Gaeltacht areas in 2005. Since… Read More Heard The One About The Self-Hating Irishman?
Yesterday the Irish government announced a major review of how the state legally recognises certain regions of the country as Gaeltachtaí or Irish speaking areas. In the future it may be possible for Irish language communities outside the traditional Gaeltacht districts to receive official recognition. However the proposed legislation might also mean that several long-standing Irish-speaking… Read More The Future Is Irish
The recent announcements by the FG-Lab coalition government that is to “re-adjust” teacher-to-pupil numbers in classrooms acroos the country has drawn a groundswell of condemnation, not least in the Irish speaking communities where (surprise, surprise) the cuts are set to fall the hardest. The Irish Times carries the latest report on the reactions to the ministerial diktat: “PARENTS OF children in small Gaeltacht schools have called on the Minister… Read More A Second-Class Education For Second-Class Pupils
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 Coimisinéir Teanga (the Language Commissioner) through the amalgamation of his agency with that of the Ombudsman. Ostensibly made to meet budgetary restrictions imposed by the… Read More Fighting For The Truth
The wonderful Irish Election Literature blog does it again with this Fine Gael election poster from 1938 protesting against “Migrants” in County Meath. That’s Irish-speaking migrants, as FG opposes the breaking up of large estates held by absentee landlords to create the Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht or Irish speaking community in Meath. Good to see that… Read More Fine Gael, “No Irish Here!” – A Flashback From 1938