Ireland’s Second-Class Citizens – With Second-Class Rights

Dealraíonn sé domsa, is é an Stát na hÉireann go hiomlán nua-coilíneach. Is é sin le rá, réabhlóid nó bás.


In a shock announcement this afternoon Ireland’s Language Commissioner, Seán Ó Cuirreáin, unexpectedly resigned from his office after nearly ten years of battling the institutional discrimination towards Irish-speaking citizens that permeates Ireland’s public services and political establishment. Since 2004 Mr. Ó Cuirreáin’s role has been to act as the legal guarantor for the nation’s Hibernophone communities in seeking fair and equal access to state-controlled or funded services with their Anglophone peers. However he has been continuously frustrated and undermined in that role by successive governments of all stripes and by the very organisations he was tasked with policing. From RTÉ:

“Irish Language Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin has announced that he is resigning from his position, citing concerns about the lack of progress in ensuring that Irish speakers can deal with the State in Irish.

Mr Ó Cuirreáin said that he felt he was left with no other choice…

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