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Orlared Gaeltacht 2020 | "Gaeltacht regions reduced to Indian reservations" | TG4 documentary

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Neither Sinn Féin Leaders nor the IRA Army Council backroom Volunteers have staged a single news conference in Irish - because they
can't speak enough Irish - and there aren't enough voters who can understand Irish!!!:oops:
 

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The president should conduct all business exclusively through Irish. It's absurd that that he doesn't. The office of the Uachtarán should be an exclusively Hibernophone office. Naturally of course I think the whole country should be run through Irish but since the role of the Uachtarán is ceremonial it's nonsense that he speaks any English in office at all.

I truly believe Irish could have been saved if we had imported a monarch from a European royal house and had them conduct all ceremonies through Irish alone. I believe the Gaels are a naturally royalist people and one particularly inclined to model themselves on their leaders.
 

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Do you think Higgins' poetry should be translated to Irish and put on the Leaving Cert syllabus?
 

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Do you think Higgins' poetry should be translated to Irish and put on the Leaving Cert syllabus?

Not on the syllabus, no, but a lot of very silly Irish writing in English improves once translated into Irish. Even Yeats's plays are possibly good in Irish.
 

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The IRA in earlier campaigns, say 1950s,was full of Gaeilgeoiri.

The stench of hypocrisy was overwhelming when McDonald and O Neill in the north were waffling on about language rights
Neither of them could speak a sentence in Irish.
 

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The IRA in earlier campaigns, say 1950s,was full of Gaeilgeoiri.

The stench of hypocrisy was overwhelming when McDonald and O Neill in the north were waffling on about language rights
Neither of them could speak a sentence in Irish.

Is it hypocrisy to recognise the value of a language you don't speak? I only half-know Irish, but I know it enough to know its value. Would it be hypocritical to be excited about the discovery of the lost books of Aristotle if you didn't know any Greek?
 

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Is it hypocrisy to recognise the value of a language you don't speak? I only half-know Irish, but I know it enough to know its value. Would it be hypocritical to be excited about the discovery of the lost books of Aristotle if you didn't know any Greek?

A rational thought, but I reject it.

Both O Neill and McDonald are from a fairly comfortable class. They had ample opportunities to learn the language if it mattered so much to them.
They didn't.
In that respect I despise Adams but recognise how he laboured to gain some proficiency in adverse times.
 

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A rational thought, but I reject it.

Both O Neill and McDonald are from a fairly comfortable class. They had ample opportunities to learn the language if it mattered so much to them.
They didn't.
In that respect I despise Adams but recognise how he laboured to gain some proficiency in adverse times.

'A rational thought but I reject it' should be our national motto.
 
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