Hi, long time poster, though infrequently in recent times.
The Irish language is a frequent and controversial discussion point on politics.ie
As a believer that language and cultural identity should not be forced on people, I'd like to campaign in a more organised way for ending compulsory Irish in Ireland.
By that I mean, do something more constructive than merely squabbling on threads (as fun as it often is!).
The only thing I've done so far is set up this Facebook group, which I'd heavily encourage supporters to join, and to pass onto others.
So I'm looking for two things:
- People of similar views, willing to join with me!
- Ideas on what to do (writing to politicians, letters to papers etc., generating a bit of press coverage)
In particular, the recent ban on English placenames in Dublin City has really angered me, and made me realise that if you don't fight for your rights, they often will be taken away. Being allowed use English in Ireland is something I always took for granted, but evidently cannot be.
I would ask all posters on p.ie, whether they like Irish or not, to stand with us for cultural freedom - and in allowing an Ireland of very many different culture and lingustic identifications, without it being crudely forced by the state.
There are no shortage of usually-taxpayer-funded groups on the other side of argument, lobbying intensively for more bans on English and more forced Irish!