Sunday, 6 April 2014

Justice Postponed

The Belfast Telegraph reports on the case of a man arrested by police simply for giving his name and address in Irish. Although the judge has yet to reach a determination, he has already made sceptical noises regarding the PSNI's contention that the man had committed a crime under the Justice and Security Act 2013 — and agreed to let the case be heard in Irish, in apparent contravention of the Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) 1737.

Campaigners hoping for the immediate arrival of linguistic equality may be disappointed, however, for the simple reason that the address given as Gaeilge was in Dublin. As a native of another state whose first official language is Irish and where there is, still, a Gaeltacht, it seems the defendant can enjoy rights denied to Midnight's Children on the other side of the border.

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