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Caoibec - Québec

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 equality between Francophone and Anglophone citizens. Delmar argues that such regulations are needlessly onerous and that: “…sympathetic allies in media are all too willing to indulge … Continue reading

Slut-Shaming Irish-Speakers

Je Suis Gael

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. It is a well-bloodied hammer used to bludgeon Irish-speaking communities with a familiar message: Gaels know thy place! With language equality making the headlines both nationally and regionally the grey-haired war nags of … Continue reading

Decolonization Begins With One Word

Ireland in chains

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 at Parliament House in Canberra to present the Australian minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, with the Aboriginal Sovereign Manifesto of Demands. This document calls … Continue reading

All-Ireland Majority Support For Irish Language State Services

Scary Eire

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 1,000 adults over the age of 15 in the Republic and over 1,000 adults over 16 in the north conducted on behalf of Conradh na … Continue reading

25000 Protest Galician Language Rights

25,000 take to the streets of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, to protest discrimination against the Galician language by the Spanish state

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. In recent years the Romance tongue has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of native speakers with only 31% of the population conversing solely … Continue reading

It Seems That Bigotry Unites As Well As Divides

British unionist and nationalist supporters holding anti-independence signs giving Nazi salutes in Glasgow, Scotland

  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 citizens who speak the indigenous Scottish (Gaelic) language we have this frustrated reaction from two local doctors, featured in the Courier newspaper: “NHS Fife could lose two much-needed consultants … Continue reading

Putting The Irish Language Down

Dearg Le Fearg

  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 of the most antipathetic governments to have taken power since the achievement of independence in the 1920s. Few other administrations have displayed such open contempt for what is still the national … Continue reading

The Walking Gaels, Not So Dead After All

Labhair Gaeilge

  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 do so, it is simply out of an attachment to some sort of linguistic revanchism. Which leaves one wondering if such men and women are living, dead, or somewhere … Continue reading

The English Empire Strikes Back In Scotland

Albain (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 fourth largest city through the provision of bilingual services and public signage comes this news from the council area of Fife. Politicians from the main British nationalist … Continue reading

The United Languages Of Europe

Saor Alba - Free Scotland

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 chiefs have been forced to slash key elements of the proposals after opponents questioned the city’s links with the language and the potential costs involved. … Continue reading

Yes To Equality

Tá. Comhionannas. LADT - Yes. Equality. LGBT

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 a less immediately obvious reason to support the constitutional amendment on same-sex relationships. A positive vote in the plebiscite will send out from Ireland a message of … Continue reading

The Most Fucked Up Little Country In the World

Cearta Teanga, Cearta Daonna. Language Rights equal Human Rights. Irish language rights cannot be abrogated

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 are allocated fair representation within those departments and services. From a report by the Journal: “A REPORT COMMISSIONED by the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and … Continue reading

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