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The number 8 is full of mystery in the Irish language. There’s the “hateful eight” letters that were added in the 20th century. There’s a Eighth Amendment, which you may have heard of. And then there’s Article 8 of Bunreacht na hÉireann.
In this week’s episode of Motherfoclóir, Gearóidín wants to clear up any confusion between Article 8 (the status of the Irish and English languages) and the 8th Amendment. They discuss shade in the constitution, the importance of not taking individual lines out of their broader context and consider the role of Ireland in steering English language use in the EU. Could Hiberno-English be the working language of Europe after Brexit? Ah, STOP.