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Siobhán Fenton is a Belfast-based writer covering gender, politics and Northern Ireland.
The indigenous language has become a totem in an escalating struggle over the meaning of identity in post-conflict Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland hasn’t had a government for more than two years – leaving many people without a voice.
While Ireland underwent a quiet revolution after the 2018 referendum campaign, socially conservative attitudes still endure in the country’s rural areas.
But odds of agreement and a return to power sharing still look remote.
The murder of journalist Lyra Mckee magnifies growing support for dissident Republicanism among a generation of “ceasefire babies”.
The young investigative journalist was shot dead during rioting in Derry last night.
Northern Ireland and the conflict is only ever mentioned by English politicians in order to make cheap and cynical points about their own politics.
While enthusiasm for another election is scant, the conditions for a surprise Republican surge are well in place.
Its entire history and identity is, rightly or wrongly, built on a very particular British identity.
While the First Minister supports criminalising sex workers, imprisoning women who have abortions and running all-male political campaigns, her defence sounds hollow.