..silence is not an option..
Within the current campaign in the north for an Irish Language Act is the repeal of The Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) which was passed by the Parliament of Ireland in 1737. This Act forbids the use of any language but English in court proceedings in north Ireland.
One has to remember that the Penal Laws were described by Edmund Burke as:
“a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.”
Please see our Knowledgebase entry: Courts in the north – Code of Courtesy on the use of Irish in official business