IRA policy on Irish is the one to follow
Chím sa pháipéar alt de pheann Victoria de Faoite ag caitheamh anuas ar sheoladh na bpáistí scoile chuig na Gaelteachataí chun snas a chur ar a gcuid Gaeilge. B’fhéidir gur cur amú airgid é agus aontaím nár ceart aon bhaint a bheith ag creideamh, ná ag cine leis an scéal. Ach, caithfimíd an cheist a chur, cad is fearr chun an teanga a mhúineadh i gceart agus chun a húsáid a spreagadh sa tír ionas go mbeidh daoine ann agus í ar fheabhas acu nuair a theipfidh ar na Gaelteachtaí, mar cinnte, teipfidh.
Í a mhúineadh i gceart. Sé é a dhéanamh mar a dhein an tIRA sa Chis Fhada, agus bíodh ar eolas agaibh nach bhfuil aon ghrá in aon chor agamsa dóibhsan ach amháin sa chás áirithe so. Sé slí inar dheineadar é ná daoine a chur ag caint go rabhdar líofa-lofa tar éis míosa. Ansan, d’réir a chéile ceartaíodh an chaint go rabhdar ar roinnt desna cainteoirí is fearr sa tír. Níor bhain Gerry Adams an caighdeán áirithe san amach, faraor, toisc ná raibh sé riamh ina bhall den IRA, Mise le meas, Gearóid Ó Laoi.
I see in your paper an article from the pen of Victoria White, which criticised the sending of schoolkids to the Gaelteachts to put a polish on their Irish. Maybe it is a waste of time and I do agree religion or face should have nothing to do with it. But we have to ask the question, what’s best to teach the language properly and to promote its use so that there will be people able to speak it well when it dies in the Gaelteachts, as it surely will. It’s to do as the IRA did in Long Kesh, and I want to make clear that I have no affection for this organisation but in this matter. The way they did it was to put people talking until they had fluent rotten Irish at the end of a month. Then they gradually corrected it until many of them were outstanding speakers. Gerry Adams never achieved that level, unfortunately, but alas, he was never a member of the IRA.
Who to blame for faults in system?
With reference to the article by Victoria White regarding Coláistí Gaeilge I must say that, from my own experience and the experience of friends, there is no compulsion on anyone to attend Mass, to be a Christian, nationalist or anything else. These colleges are modern, broadminded, forward-looking and some of them endeavour to keep contact with their ex-pupils during the year. Victoria complains about what she sees as faults in the whole Irish language system. She worries that none of the good experience which her own children had in the Gaeltacht will carry into their daily life. That is possibly a worry, but whose fault is that? What are Victoria’s suggestions for improving the situation? We are all responsible.
Pillars of society cost us dearly
The recent jailing of three bankers of Anglo Irish Bank (aka IRBC) has restored my faith in the Irish justice system. However why has the governor of Mountjoy not kept them in a regular cell with ordinary decent criminals instead of in the training wing, which I believe is almost up to hotel standards and has a waiting list of regular inmates who only get it after a period of good behaviour? This is a clear case of class distinction.
Remember these pillars of society cost us €64bn and are responsible for all the austerity imposed on Irish people. How many families were made homeless by these bankers? How many young people had to emigrate? How many businesses were forced to close? How many workers lost their jobs? Indeed, how many unfortunates were driven to suicide — all due to the ‘banking professionals.’
‘Report what he meant, not said’
All this fuss about Donald Trump’s advice as to the attitude that those who support the Second Amendment should take to Hilary Clinton reminds me of a rather amusing incident which occurred many years ago. Like Trump, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago made a rather unfortunate statement which was widely reported in the media. Shortly afterwards Daley’s press secretary, Earl Bush, was addressing a group of journalists when he laid into them about their coverage of Daley’s statement at which one of them, rather timidly remarked “But that’s what he said” at which Bush screamed “You should have reported what he meant, not what he said!”
Donald Trump’s body language is that of an angry teenager who’s not getting what he wants, with his pouting facial expression and waving arms. If he becomes president of the US he will have his hands on the keys to the war room in the White House. That prospect conjures up the thought there might be a new black comedy in the making — perhaps called Apocalypse Soon with Dr Strangelove Trump?
All about Donald
Isn’t it time we woke up to the fact that it was never Donald Trump’s goal to become president of America.
In my opinion he entered the race to promote “The Donald”.
Like Boris after Brexit, he can’t believe he won the Republican nomination.
His plan now? To keep promoting “The Donald” and pretend he’s looking to be the next president.
He’s about publicity. Between now and November he will be on everyone’s news feed, every week.
Of course he’ll lose. Why? Mainly because he doesn’t want to win.
His legacy? He will become richer than he ever imagined and a constant presence on social media for years to come. God help us all!
There is no ‘race’
The major Western media outlets, in order to capture headlines, viewers, readers, are suggesting that Donald Trump is a serious contender for president. Donald Trump has about as much of a chance of winning as Donald Duck does. Recently on the Vincent Browne Show the presenter with two American guests, “experts in American politics”, discussed the election for approximately 10 minutes. The neutral observer was left with the impression that there was still a “race” for the office. Nonsense! Paddy Power is giving odds of three to one on Trump winning. The true odds should be 1,000 to one.
Mr Halawa has already spent 3 years in prison in Egypt awaiting trial. He has witnessed nightly tortures and beatings and faces the death penalty if found guilty of taking part in an illegal protest in Cairo. When the Dáil and the Seanad passed motons the Egyptian parliament called it unacceptable interference in the case. If anything there hasnt been enough interference by the Irish Government and its essential to keep up the pressure on the Egyptian president for his release — after all he has an Irish passport
Re: Damien Enright article,
. I always look forward to Damien Enright’s stimulating articles on nature and wildlife, but I feel his sometimes overzealous advocacy of conservation may alienate many from his cause. His assertion that the absence of butterflies is due to hedge-cutting is highly questionable. There are large areas of very suitable habitat for butterflies all over West Cork but many species are noticeable by their sparse numbers this year.
The vast majority of hedgerows are not cut in the summer and the percentage of roadsides verges that are closely mown is not statistically significant. The irony of Mr Enright’s article is that grasslands depend for their very existence on periodic grazing and / or mowing. Many of our wildflowers and grasses will not thrive in the neglected overgrown roadsides that are currently the standard. The primary function of our roads is to provide a safe passageway for men and vehicles and not to act as a wildlife refuge. Because of the design of most of our rural road network, narrow by-roads and boreens with hedgerows very close to the roadsides, more trimming of hedges and cutting of verges is needed for safety, not less. It is both difficult and dangerous to comfortably walk on many of our roads because of briars and bushes growing out onto the thoroughfare and the absence of a grass verge to step onto in order to avoid traffic coming in both directions.
Whatever time of the year is selected for cutting and mowing will cause some temporary upset to wildlife but the end net result will still be beneficial; a healthy habitat for nesting birds and wildflowers. The loss of natural habitats is of serious concern to anyone interested in nature conservation but a regular and prudent programme of roadside maintenance will only have a minimal and not always negative effect on this problem.