Antipathy, paradox and disconnect in the Irish state’s legal relationship with the Irish language

Ni Drisceoil, Verona (2016) Antipathy, paradox and disconnect in the Irish state’s legal relationship with the Irish language. Irish Jurist, 55. pp. 45-74. ISSN 0021-1273

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Abstract

Positioned within the context of ongoing debate on reform of the Official Languages Act 2003, this article critically examines the Irish state’s legal position regarding the Irish language. Revealing antipathy, paradox and disconnect, both in a historical and contemporary context, the article argues for a reconceptualised debate about the role of law in the protection and promotion of the Irish language. Notwithstanding a complex post-colonial language history and austerity grounded arguments that language rights and language legislative provisions are resource intensive, the article argues that the legal approach to the Irish language should be underpinned by a substantive and more purposive conception of equality. There is, in Ireland, an antipathy to view language from the perspective of substantive equality. This antipathy has, in turn, hindered the development of an appropriate institutional infrastructure and legacy within which core provisions of the Official Languages Act 2003 could, and can, be effectively fulfilled.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Language rights; language legislation in Ireland; Irish state's relationship with language
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Depositing User: Verona Ni Drisceoil
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 11:04
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59595

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