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May 12, 2012

AN SIONNACH FIONN

The Irish Examiner has an editorial, presumably reflecting the newspaper’s official view, which yet again shows the extraordinarily warped reasoning of the anglophone media in Ireland. While justifiably decrying the lack of full equal rights before the law between all citizens regardless of sexual orientation, in particular the right to same-sex marriage, it manages to drag in a whole lot of frankly unrelated issues in an argument whose logic is beyond stupid.

The greatest irony of the piece is that the writer, while demanding proper legal entitlements for some men and women in this country, is quite happy to trample over the rights of others by attacking the Irish-speaking citizens and communities of Ireland. For be in no doubt: an attack on the Irish language is an attack on those who speak the Irish language. The two are inextricably linked.

“We pretend that Irish is our national language and lavish hundreds of millions a year on trying to revive what is a linguistic dodo. Wasting…

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