Last May, during the elections for the regional assembly at Stormont, Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) vowed to destroy the growth and development of Irish language education in the north-east of the country. The grouping pledged to starve the gaeliscoileanna, Irish-medium schools, of resources and funding if they secured the education ministry at Stormont. Sure enough the unionist hardliners have remained true to their campaign threats and with the weight of the power-sharing administration behind them they have set out to undo decades of good work on Irish rights. Just as the racist extreme of the Republican Party in the United States has sought to strip African- and Latino-Americans of the right to vote, so the DUP, supported by other pro-union parties, have sought to disenfranchise Irish-speaking parents and children of the right to be educated in the indigenous language of this island. This policy represents a form of cultural and linguistic apartheid through ministerial fiat, a policy that Sinn Féin is complicit in, no matter what excuses it may offer. The republican organisation has a choice. It can be the party of Pearse or the party of Redmond but in 21st century Ireland it cannot be both.