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Sinn Féin’s Lack Of Irish Vision

We'll have none of that Irish shite here! You're Irish! So speak English!
We’ll have none of that Irish shite here! You’re Irish! So speak English! (Íomhá: An Timire)

Below is the list of motions dealing with the Irish language to be debated at this year’s Sinn Féin party convention or Ard-Fheis in Castlebar, County Mayo. Note the anodyne wording and the general failure to couch the motions in terms of the civil and constitutional rights of Irish-speaking citizens in Ireland. Also note the lack of real and substantive policies, particularly in the areas of legislation, to create a truly bilingual Irish state (let alone a monolingual Irish-speaking one).

The misspelling of Ard-Fheis as “Ard Fheis” is in the original (which say’s it all really):

“This Ard Fheis recognises:

  • That the ‘20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-30’ is not being properly implemented;
  • That there are continuing attacks by the Government in the South on the Irish language and the Gaeltacht, including on essential institutions such as on Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga and COGG;
  • The hard work of Minister of Culture Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín on a strategy for the development of Irish in the North;
  • That the creation of an Irish Language Act in the North is an outstanding commitment from the St Andrews Agreement.

This Ard Fheis agrees:

  • That it is necessary to recognise the Irish language and the Gaeltacht community as stakeholders in the implementation of the ’20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language’;
  • There will be the need to adapt the two strategies to bring about an all-Ireland Irish-language strategy.

This Ard Fheis call for:

  • The Government in the South to put together a high-level structure, including representation from the community organisations, the department, COGG, Údarás, Fóras and language experts, which would be responsible for giving direction to the Government regarding the of implementation in the ’20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-30’;
  • Sinn Féin to seek a high-level structure in the North, with similar structure and representation, which would be responsible for giving direction to the Executive for language planning and strategy;
  • in light of the success of the Liofa 2015 campaign, calls for a renewed dialogue with unionist parties on Irish language rights, including the creation of an Irish Language Act;
  • An all-island Irish-language and Gaeltacht action plan rooted in the language policy of the party that will be brought forward in consultation with the Irish-language and the Gaeltacht community and which will build on the recommendations of the ‘Comprehensive Study on the Use of Irish in the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language’, and the strategy for the Irish language in the Six Counties, and the recommendations of the sector itself.

Grúpa Parlaiminteach na 26 Contae agus Grúpa Parlaiminteach na 6 Chontae

Motion 238

This Ard Fheis condemns the attitude of the Government in the South towards the Irish language, particularly the decision to amalgamate the Office of the Language Commissioner with the Office of the Ombudsman, and the elimination of elections to the Údarás na Gaeltachta.

This Ard Fheis recognises:

  • That the ‘20-year Strategy for the Irish Language’ is not being applied as it should;
  • The excellent work undertaken by Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín with the Líofa campaign and her support for the Irish language in general.

This Ard Fheis declares:

  • That we are diametrically opposed to Fine Gael’s proposal that Irish not be taught as a core subject for the Leaving Certificate;
  • The Irish Government should adopt Líofa as an all-Ireland campaign;
  • That it is essential for the Government in South to begin to implement the ‘20-Year Strategy’ immediately and that the funding be provided for this.

Coiste Náisiúnta Óige

Motion 239

This Ard Fheis commends the efforts of the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín to ensure that the Irish language is accessible to all sections of the community through the Líofa 2015 campaign.

Derry City Comhairle Ceantair

Motion 240

This Ard Fheis calls on Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to direct all local authorities to adopt a pro-Irish signage policy, such as that in Galway City and county councils amongst others, so that street names and housing estates be given Irish-language names in future.

Galway West Comhairle Ceantair

Blah, blah, blah…

Whatever Sinn Féin may be they are no Parti Québécois. And the above is no Charte de la langue française.

2 comments on “Sinn Féin’s Lack Of Irish Vision

  1. This Ard Fheis demands: That Sinn Féin provide an equal place for Irish language on its website and in its press and news releases.

    • Or actually adopt some progressive policies for the genuine creation of a bilingual Ireland. The day an SF leader stands up and states that his party supports the rights of Irish men and women to live their entire lives through the medium of Irish, from the cradle to the grave, and will bring forth comprehensive legislation to enable that is the day I will have any belief in their commitment to the indigenous language and culture of this island-nation. And the communities and citizens who embody it.

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