Eoin Ó Riain tackles the latest example of Gaeilgeoir-baiting that has tarnished the pages of the Irish Times, courtesy of journalist Miriam Lord, the newspaper’s political sketch writer. Over the last few months she has penned regular articles criticising, ridiculing or mocking the Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams for daring to speak in the Irish language in the Irish parliament. As you do. Though her column, the Dáil Sketch, is noted for its satirical edge the Sinn Féin leader’s use of Irish seems to have been singled out as a particular bête noire for the award-winning journo. However as Eoin Ó Riain rightly points out whatever one’s political opinions of Gerry Adams, or of his linguistic fluency, as a political leader he has quite possibly contributed more to Irish being heard as an equal language of governance in the chamber of Dáil Éireann than anyone else in the last fifty years.
If only Miriam Lord was as enthusiastic in applying her snide remarks to those who have sold away the rights of the citizens of Ireland as she is of those who stand up for them.
UPDATE: Commentator Mick Fealty makes many of the same points on Irish news blog Slugger O’Toole.
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