Are we really so enslaved to our post-colonial neuroses, so malformed by centuries of external domination, that even after ninety years of independence we are still unable to contemplate giving equal prominence to our own language on our own road signs alongside the language of our one-time masters? And what excuses do we cushion our own pathetic feelings of inferiority with? Risible concerns about road-safety and costs, concerns that the rest of multilingual Europe cast aside decades ago. Do we really believe that we are too stupid, too inadequate as a people that we would be incapable of reading genuine bilingual signs on a motorway, signs where the Irish language is featured alongside its Anglicised equivalents or – the horror! – entirely on its own?
From the Journal:
“MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Paschal Donohoe is to review a plan by his predecessor to give equal prominence to the Irish language on a number of new road signs.
News website Tuairisc.ie reported this morning that the plans, which were green lighted by Leo Varadkar last year, will now be referred to the National Roads Authority.
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport confirmed in a statement this afternoon that Donohoe will seek a review for safety reasons…
Last year, former Transport Minister Leo Varakar lent his support to a Conradh Na Gaeilge campaign that sought to see Irish and English given equal prominence on road signage.”
Watch as Ireland’s legions of self-hating men and women line up to decry the very idea of cultural equality or of returning to the use of original Irish names for original Irish places. Instead the linguistic serfs will demand that we continue to ape the crude bastardizations imposed on our ancestors. We remain a nation of simian slaves and we excel in it.
Welcome to Ireland of the Apes!