Wednesday, 22 July 2009

An Bórd Snip Nua: Morto de la Irlandalingvo?

…de la Kerryman:

The proposed abolition of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs could wipe out the Irish language, according to the manager of Comharcumann Forbhartha Chorca Dhuibhne (CFCD) Gearóid Ó Brosnacháin.

"One proposal in the McCarthy Report is phasing out of the Irish Learners Scheme over the next two years. This scheme supports households in the Gaeltachts who keep Irish students during the summer. The impact of that will be to put an end to all the Irish summer colleges as we know them with all the associated impacts. The Irish colleges alone generate €6 million to this local economy annually and if you take into account that CFCD handles about ten per cent of the market nationally you could say that these colleges are worth €60 million a year to all the Gaeltacht areas," he told The Kerryman this week. la University of Ulster:

Sweeping spending cuts being considered in the Republic pose a threat to the Irish language in Northern Ireland and the Donegal Gaeltacht, according to a University of Ulster academic who is the new head of Comhaltas Uladh, one of Northern Ireland's best-known Irish language groups.

Niall Comer, a lecturer in Irish and member of Ulster’s UK top-rating Research Institute for Irish and Celtic Studies, says Comhaltas Uladh works closely with all levels of the education sector and is responsible for the allocation of funding to five major summer colleges in the Gaeltacht areas of Donegal.

But as the Republic digests the so-called ‘An Bord Snip’ report, which proposes massive public spending reductions to save Euro 5.3 billion annually and axing more than 17,000 public sector jobs, Mr Comer argues the Irish language is in the firing line

….de Kevin Myers en la Irish Independent:

[T]he Irish language itself became a Government Protected Zone (GPZ). The Gaeltacht naturally became an extended GPZ. The islands became a GPZ. History became a GPZ. Even turf-burning became a GPZ. Moreover, this insanity became a perverse template for all sorts of other state projects. Mail and phone services were already GPZ. In the 1940s, all public transport became a GPZ. Air travel then became a GPZ. Arts became a GPZ -- indeed, the arts were hardly seen to be arts at all unless the State gave them a subsidy…

Even economic development was graded around a GPZ hierarchy.

The plain people of Ireland got the IDA. The semi-pure in the west got the Shannon Development. But the purest of the pure got Udaras, the job-creator for people who spoke Irish in a GPZ, a local shop for local people. In more recent times, Udaras has operated within the very ministerial embodiment of the GPZ, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, which has a budget of €40m, with some 240 civil servants: almost one for every native Irish native speaker left….

…. The Irish language is effectively dead in its GPZ. The preposterous and Haugheyite confection, Aosdana, has achieved nothing whatever in its GPZ. CIE is a mouldering corpse in its GPZ. Every town now has its own empty GPZ, namely an arts centre, with its deserted craft shop offering (but not selling) environmentally sound raffia condoms, seaweed dental floss, and hand-crafted soaps made from pigfat. Government bribes have resulted in two multi-million pound GPZ stadiums in Dublin -- both of which will be empty, most of the time. And the fortune spent on the GPZ that is Olympian sports has produced just one bronze medal -- in bee-keeping.

The great dream is over. It's finally time for Ireland to be a normal country, one in which governments simply govern. Let the Great McCarthyite era begin.

1 comment:

Gael gan Náire said...

A Dhaithí,

Cé hí an luadraman sin 'Ralph' ó Anmericaphile Ministries?

An Spoof iomlán é sin???