In the continuing debate sparked by the resignation of the Language Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin there is a good opinion piece over on the journal.ie by Seán Mag Leannáin, a former senior civil servant, examining the culture of institutional discrimination towards Irish-speaking communities and citizens that is all-pervading in Ireland’s public sector. I’d recommend a read though you may want to skip the Comments below the article from the usual motley crew of racists representing the extreme fringe of the English-speaking community in the country. Unsurprisingly the points made in the piece, the restricted civil rights of those citizens who speak Irish versus those who speak English, are pretty much ignored as the discussion focuses on the Anglophone red herring of education:
“Ger Finch: Is this article clever satire? I thought it was one of the silliest things I had seen written on the journal but then I looked closer… It has a child-like composition to it (which plagues Gaeilgeoiri composed articles)…
John Dunne: Should scrap it, as its outdated rubbish. Its missing words in all. Caveman talk. Rubbish caveman language. English is a beautiful language, speaking Irish makes people sound inbred.
Luke Sullivan: Many of them are dying from the forced over exposure to Irish as children. It’s well known scientific fact, and all but dwarfs the teenaged sun bed scandal, it even kills more people than smoking.”
So there you go. Those who speak Irish are mentally retarded (child-like), primitive (cavemen) and responsible for the killing children.
As I said before, they don’t hate Irish. They hate those who speak Irish.