Sf/Ra And The legacy Of The Green Books Cultural Struggle.

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A leading historian has linked the current SF stance on cultural matters with the PIRA Green Book...

Culturally we would hope to restore Gaelic, not from the motivation of national chauvinism but from the viewpoint of achieving with the aid of a cultural revival the distinctive new Irish Socialist State: as a Bulwark against imperialist encroachments from whatever quarter. Internationally our alignment would hopefully be with the progressive Governments or former colonies like ourselves with the dual purpose of mutual advantage and of curbing the endeavours of imperialistic military and economic power blocs throughout the world.

CAIN: Events: Text of Irish Republican Army (IRA) 'Green Book' (Book I and II)

SF published proposals for an Irish langauge act including Irish language services on a par with English in the courts and assembly, an Irish language commissioner with the power to prosecute for lack of cooperation ( with the Irish language and the Irish language commissioner), all state and semi-state bodies would promote affirmative action for Irish speakers.

historian Dr Connal Parr from Northumbria University pointed to Eire Nua, all-Ireland plans published by the Provisional IRA leadership in 1971 which he said were similar to the Green Book on this point. “What strikes me as ever about this is the cultural aspect to the struggle, something which would become even more pronounced when the guns fell silent,” he said. “This is indeed critical for them because it is one of the last methods of (non-violent) warfare left.”

He added: “The language itself is immaterial; what matters is the symbolic war.”


Dr Cillian McGrattan, lecturer in politics at Ulster University, said...

“The Green Book says that the restoration of Irish is part of a liberationist struggle and is not to do with ‘national chauvinism’,” he said. “However, Sinn Fein’s current framing of the language issue, seems to me exactly to resort to national chauvinism.”

He added: “I think the whole point of language politics is to polarise.”


Read more at: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/sf-irish-language-strategy-mirrors-pira-cultural-struggle-1-8375741

Is it not time for Sf/Ra to move on from these outdated divisive principles and embrace the 21st century...
 


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71- jesus- Eire Nua was dropped like a stone in 1986- and the green book had several changes since 71- today the green book is like the Provos- neither exist-
 

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71- jesus- Eire Nua was dropped like a stone in 1986- and the green book had several changes since 71- today the green book is like the Provos- neither exist-
Did the revisions to the Green Book include any nua red lines?...
 

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The Orange Order- let's remember that the Orange Order government in Northern Ireland in the early 1960s got enraged by the BBC doing a documentary about NI which featured traditional Irish music- handed the Provies a political weapon which of course they were going to use. They could have also taken it from them at any time but they choose not to.
 

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Again Sf/Ra let the whole of NI down and stand in the way of progress...

Sinn Fein’s insistence on a stand alone Irish Language Act means that we have reached an impasse.

As far back as last summer, I outlined my party’s willingness to reach an accommodation on language and cultural issues. However, I indicated that any such accommodation must be fair, balanced and capable of commanding support on all sides of our community. At the moment, we do not have a fair and balanced package.

After the Assembly election, I embarked on an engagement exercise with those who love and cherish the Irish language. I respect the Irish language and those who speak it but in a shared society this cannot be a one-way street. Respect for the unionist and British identity has not been reciprocated.


http://www.mydup.com/news/article/statement-by-dup-leader-arlene-foster-mla

At least in Arlene we have a leader for all...
 

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Again Sf/Ra let the whole of NI down and stand in the way of progress...

Sinn Fein’s insistence on a stand alone Irish Language Act means that we have reached an impasse.

As far back as last summer, I outlined my party’s willingness to reach an accommodation on language and cultural issues. However, I indicated that any such accommodation must be fair, balanced and capable of commanding support on all sides of our community. At the moment, we do not have a fair and balanced package.

After the Assembly election, I embarked on an engagement exercise with those who love and cherish the Irish language. I respect the Irish language and those who speak it but in a shared society this cannot be a one-way street. Respect for the unionist and British identity has not been reciprocated.


News - Statement by DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA | Democratic Unionist Party

At least in Arlene we have a leader for all...
 

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Again Sf/Ra let the whole of NI down and stand in the way of progress...

Sinn Fein’s insistence on a stand alone Irish Language Act means that we have reached an impasse.

As far back as last summer, I outlined my party’s willingness to reach an accommodation on language and cultural issues. However, I indicated that any such accommodation must be fair, balanced and capable of commanding support on all sides of our community. At the moment, we do not have a fair and balanced package.

After the Assembly election, I embarked on an engagement exercise with those who love and cherish the Irish language. I respect the Irish language and those who speak it but in a shared society this cannot be a one-way street. Respect for the unionist and British identity has not been reciprocated.


News - Statement by DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA | Democratic Unionist Party

At least in Arlene we have a leader for all...
At least Arlene stood her ground.

Within the PUL community there is no support for a stand alone Irish language act.

But if you have an act solely to placate Irish nationalists then you need something to embrace our British culture.

We all know this is not about the Irish language Per se that is important but its about a cultural advantage.
 

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At least Arlene stood her ground.

Within the PUL community there is no support for a stand alone Irish language act.

But if you have an act solely to placate Irish nationalists then you need something to embrace our British culture.

We all know this is not about the Irish language Per se that is important but its about a cultural advantage.
What's wrong with a bit of cultural recognition of the Irish in NI. Seriously!
 

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The Irish Gaelic language already enjoys taxpayers’ funding disproportionately beyond its usage and importance in Northern Ireland society.
............... I think that the fact the Assembly is not working over the issue may give you a clue how important it has become.
 
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Absolutely nothing but that’s not just what Sinn Fein is demanding.
.....along with the Irish Govt, co-Guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement.
 

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The Irish Gaelic language already enjoys taxpayers’ funding disproportionately beyond its usage and importance in Northern Ireland society.
What metric are you using to quantify importance? Even if PUL's see themselves as British, they're living on a piece of ground that was historically Irish speaking and Irish culturally. They should celebrate that. Virtually all the place names are of Irish language origin. They have meanings that reflect the landscape and the history. The language preserves the history of the very place PUL's live. It surely should be of great importance to recognise that to some extent.
 

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What metric are you using to quantify importance? Even if PUL's see themselves as British, they're living on a piece of ground that was historically Irish speaking and Irish culturally. They should celebrate that. Virtually all the place names are of Irish language origin. They have meanings that reflect the landscape and the history. The language preserves the history of the very place PUL's live. It surely should be of great importance to recognise that to some extent.
Bear in mind our Ray identifies himself as a proud Irishman.
 

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............... I think that the fact the Assembly is not working over the issue may give you a clue how important it has become.
Yes, for people who don’t want Northern Ireland to work but who also don’t want to learn that language.
 

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Yes, for people who don’t want Northern Ireland to work but who also don’t want to learn that language.
Have Unionists never heard the phrase 'pick your battles.' This is a really petty stance, don't you think? Shutting down government over an equal languages initiative fgs.
 


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