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The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books?

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This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

TODAY IS THE beginning of Banned Books week in America, an annual event led by the American Library Association that draws attention to those great works of literature which have been banned previously, as well as those which are still unavailable to readers by the decision of a committee somewhere.

The event is not without its critics, many focusing on the flexible interpretation of the word “banned”. There are also accusations of political bias too, with an alleged emphasis on books objected to by religious conservative groups over those rejected because of political correctness.

Either way, it is worthwhile to remind........

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