14 Years Later, No Irish (Nine Days To Election)

A few things catching my eye today.

Gerry Adams found himself stuck in a familiar position on Pat Kenny this morning, spending most of his time deflecting questions about his past, his involvement with the IRA and the murder of Jean McConville. This is the problem with Adams and with Sinn Fein. He might get elected in Louth, but he will never be able to escape the stain that his possible part in the troubles has left on him. That’s no good for Sinn Fein. They need someone else at the head of the party.

I mean, Adams wonders why Gilmore is never asked if he was in the IRA. The answer is simple Gerry, because no one suspects Gilmore of being in the IRA. They suspect you.

Michael Martin is playing up the sense of “shock” members of the EU are experiencing watching Irish political parties talk about renegotiation of the bailout deal. Bad tack for Martin to take. I don’t give a crap what the EU thinks about anything we do and Martin shouldn’t be telling the Irish people that they should care either. It makes him look like a stooge for Europe.

Labour are starting to go after Fine Gael more than they’ve been going after Fianna Fail, seemingly terrified about the implications of numerous polls being released in the last few days. I suppose it would be an awful shock for Labour to not be part of the next government, after the last few years of it being an almost non-issue.

Of course, I think would be advantages for Labour to remain in opposition. Labour is going to have, relative to previous elections, one of its most successful days on Friday week. Unless Fianna Fail can pull something big between now and then, Labour will be the second biggest party in the Dail.

If Fine Gael get the numbers they need to make a government on their own, let them. Let Gilmore become the leader of the opposition, the main voice against what will have to be a very cut heavy FG government. He’ll excel in that role, a role he was denied by Kenny in the last election. Let him play the long game, increase Labour’s standing, so they can win even more seats by 2016. Let FG take the economic hit.

Or they could settle for maybe two Ministries and possibly the Tanaiste position if FG deign to give it to them. Become the Green Party of five years ago, full of hope and praying it’ll all work out.

The Green Party has released its political reform plans, and with the exception of reforming rather abolishing the Seanad, its nothing no one else hasn’t suggested already. Reducing TDs, changing the electoral system and so on and so forth.

Support from the agricultural community has sky-rocketed for Fine Gael and plummeted for Fianna Fail, Go figure. Another boost for FG in rural areas, and Labour must be looking at those countryside constituencies like Roscommon and Mayo with some dread, at just 5% support among farmers.

The Irish language debate rolls on. The usual nonsense is trotted out in defence of the broken system, a system that isn’t working, that churns out class after class of people taught the language for 14 years who aren’t interested in speaking it after. They don’t want to, they don’t need to, yet we continue to give money to this system.

It is a measure of how desperate one side in an argument gets when they start using “patriot dead” as a back-up. Listen to me. I don’t care what Padraig Pearse thought about the Irish language, the man never had to deal with an education Ministry. What’s your plan to reverse the falling levels of Irish? Like Martin today, when confronted with that 14 year problem, they simply don’t have an answer.

I’m one of those people by the way. 14 years. How many wasted hours is that, for me to scrape a passing grade in ordinary level so I could go onto study History in college? I can’t speak the language, didn’t want to learn it in the first place and have no inclination to learn it now.

But by all means, keep forcing kids to study it. I’m sure those falling numbers are due a reverse any day now.

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4 Responses to 14 Years Later, No Irish (Nine Days To Election)

  1. Shrapnel says:

    On the Irish issue: By all means make it non-compulsory. Then do the same with English and Maths.

    If the official language of this country is not compulsory in its schools, then no other language should be compulsory before it. And if we’re going to make two out of the three compulsory subjects optional, we should go the whole hog.

    • HandsofBlue says:

      I suppose the argument there is that English and Maths serve a practical purpose beyind secondary school, regardless of Third Level intentions.

      And English in secondary school, I think, seems more a study of art and media associated with the language, rather then the language itself. You can’t really equate 6th year English with 6th year Irish, in that one is trying to get you to speak the language, and the other is teaching you about books and plays that use the language.

  2. Shrapnel says:

    Actually I withdraw my last comment. I have since learned that English and Maths are optional for the Leaving Cert.

    Irish is the only compulsory subject.
    I have no further objections to FG policy on this matter.


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