“Equality for Irish”. At the 2006 Sinn Féin Slógadh, MEP Bairbe De Brún called for an Irish Language Act (Sinn Féin press release). The protesters in the mural carry placards reading “Is Gael mise – teastaionn Gaeilge uaim [I am Irish, I need Irish]”, “Naire orainn a Chomairle [Shame on you, [Belfast City] Council]”, “Cearta teanga – cearta daonna [not “daonne”]” – “language rights, human rights”. “We demand respect for our culture.”
The same trio of Pádriag Mac Piarais, Winifred Carney, and Roibéard Ó Seachnasaigh appears in Cláraigh Le Sinn Féin. Sands’s famous saying (“the laughter of our children …”) is translated into Irish: Is é gáire ár gcuid páistí a bheas mar dhioltas again.
Shiels Street, Belfast.
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