Ó Donnghaile takes on the biggest show in the country

Sinn Fein Councillor,Niall Ó Donnghaile appeared on the Nolan TV Show last week to talk about Gregory Campbell’s “Curry my yogurt” quote in the Assembly earlier that week.

However,  Ó Donnghaile has taken offence about how Nolan dealt with the issue as he kept repeating the remarks in an attempt to get Niall to laugh.  Ó Donnghaile  has said in a statement released yesterday

offensive remarks were repeated ad nauseam in order to get a cheap laugh…The disrespect shown to me and the Irish language community on BBC’s the Nolan TV Show on November 5 was totally unacceptable…This was an insult to me and to an entire community and I don’t think this would be acceptable in any other area in which the BBC operates.

The BBC needs to state clearly whether it has a different standard for Irish language speakers than any other racial, ethnic or linguistic group

The BBC has said that it is looking into the matter but rejects the allegation that the Nolan show was in anyway racist.

A question for the Sluggerverse, who is right in this matter, did Nolan step over the line during the programme? Or has this been blown out of proporation?

 

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  • James Black

    Are Sinn Fein reps getting paid to be grossly offended lately? Talk about sham fights

  • willieric

    once again. Dolores Kelly SDLP got it spot on earlier this week , as per Stormont Hansard report on Cahill debate. ….”Nobody does victimhood better than Sinn Fein, nobody on this island”.

  • notimetoshine

    Of course this a critical issue to be dealt with and discussed. I suppose the swinging public sector cuts and their impact on our economy don’t warrant that much detail when there is a non event to bicker over….I suppose that is about as much as our politicians and media can hansle .

    Nolan may have been trying to get cheap laughs, but more importantly the ridiculous reactions to Mr Campbell’s comments are the real laugh. Of course this sort of nonsense is serious stuff in our twisted little land.

  • SaffronDuck

    Everyone with any knowledge of politics would know Niall’s first language is Irish and it’s clearly something he is passionate about. To repeat phrases mocking that language to him when he complains about them is like saying ‘ching chong chinaman’ to an ethnic Chinese. Nolan was being his usual self. In this case it involved being deliberately offensive to an Irish speaker. But that’s the crap the BBC pay him for.

  • notimetoshine

    Seriously? Looks like the dear shinners are going to milk this for all its worth, a nice distraction no doubt. IAt worst Nolan was a bit ruse or insensitive but then it is Nolan. People need to gain a bit of perspective.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Duck rape, get exercised about a bellend like Gregory making a cheap joke about the oirish language. Priorities dear boy, or political diversion. Greg the bellend did them a favour by changing the headline.

  • notimetoshine

    Of course after all what else would they have to get exercised about…

  • This happened ‘last week’? but a release only last night? Why if so offended was it not mentioned on the show, when he was there, when he was offended, apparently repeatedly? Could he not have staged a sit in?

  • Michael-Henry Mcivor

    Has Nolan laughed again at his offensive remarks or has he apologised yet or is he hiding behind a masked BBC source-

    Gregory Campbell needs to sell himself as a hard Orangie but why is Nolan and the BBC bouncing in behind him trying to give Gregory cover- they are a disgrace to the term Media-

  • notimetoshine

    Maybe he was making light of a ridiculous non event being blown out of all proportion to give cover to incompetence over serious budgetary issues? Though that might be giving Nolan too !much satirical credit. Nolan encourages our political clowns on their silly identity games because he either can’t or won’t challenge them on the real issues

  • Dan

    I think there’s only one thing for it. Sinn Fein should refuse to speak English in Stormont and the Dail….Irish only from now on.

  • Michael-Henry Mcivor

    To be fair to Nolan I have heard him ask the hard Questions of Sinn Fein – DUP etc- I have also heard him take a softer side on other guests about life’s subjects- he is damn good when he wants to be- but he is a big U when it comes to the Irish language and trying to give cover to Gregory-this was not one of the off the cuff jokes- this was a constant deliberate attack on the Irish Language –

  • notimetoshine

    Fair enough you may be right, but do we not have more important pressing and immediate matters than a DUP members distaste and disregard for the Irish language?

  • Michael-Henry Mcivor

    Depends on your point of view if this is a important matter or not-Nolan like most in the media talks about every subject that comes his way-I will applaud anyone in the media who is fair but asks the hard Questions of everyone involved- but I can’t condone this attack on the Irish Language and it’s cover up by a masked unseen unheard of BBC spokesperson who is making excuses for Nolan- where is the big talker now- the biggest hidden in the country –

  • Thomas Girvan

    I thought it was quite funny.
    Not exactly a rib tickler, but from the DUP, a bit of levity from someone other than Sammy Wilson.
    We need a bit of humour,and satire in the Assembly.
    It needs livening up a bit, to save us from the MLA’s reading from cards, from scripts written by their advisors/speech writers, that the tax payer pays for.
    It is up to the opposition to respond in a way that isn’t dreary and scripted.
    Some hope from the bunch at Stormont.
    If Sinn Fein get hot under the collar about this, then they still haven’t come to terms with what democratic politics is about.
    To sum it up, they are easily annoyed!

  • Michael-Henry Mcivor

    ” I thought it quite funny “-

    That is your prerogative – others do not find the BBC belittling the Irish language funny-

    ” Sammy Wilson “-

    He is cut from the same cloth as Gregory – just another DUP member that their leader thinks is not minister material-( Sammy can’t wear material sometimes )-

    ” written by their advisers/speech writers “-

    Gregory has not got to wit to write that speech- it was a carefully written attack on the Irish language and a written attack to Peter Robinson in saying we can’t be doing business with people who love / care for the Irish language –

    ” easily annoyed “-

    I could joke about the Ulster Scots all day ( Gregory hates them also- it’s in him- like he hates the Polish French etc languages -he is like the little englander who thinks the world is against him because he thinks he is the only one who is important – When Gregory attacks the Irish Language he is attacking every one else who is not Gregory-

  • Jag

    Having been subjected to Tara Mills for the past week (perfectly nice woman, wouldn’t mind exchanging pleasantries with her in the queue to buy a sandwich at M&S, but Christ,she’s flat), I can’t wait for Radio Face to come back on air.

    Look, he’s provocative in a passive-aggressive sort of way, he agitates politicians and because we can’t shoot them anymore that’s about the vicarious best we can have, he does manage to get the politicians to go further than their media-training would generally limit them to and he does method-act both sides of the divide. In my opinion, he’s overall balanced, though on a specific day, he may come across as one-sided.

    So, in his curry mo yoghurt interview, he adopted the stance of many in the LOUPer community who are unfamiliar with Gaelic, think it’s a waste of money and divisive and he stuck it to SF. That’s his nature. Just as it is politicians’s nature to defend their patch. It’s the friction between the media and politicians, which should distil into transparency and oversight and debate, which should keep our democracy sound.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Nicely put.

  • chrisjones2

    “The disrespect shown to me ” …………………. awwww was diddums upset?

  • chrisjones2

    Because the faux outrage is transparent nonsense?

  • chrisjones2

    “trying to give cover to Gregory” ….so you are alleging thjat Nolan is politically biased towards the DUP? He was simply teasing an idiot with an indefensible cause

  • chrisjones2

    Wow … a sedcurocrat at the BBC …care to name them?

  • chrisjones2

    They need more cover to distract from Cahill or the sheep might start thinking about who they vote for.

    By Monday we will have someone on TV wrapped in a tricolour signing the soldiers song or claiming to have discovered a box of Bobby Sands toenail clippings and demanding money for a shrine at the Maze

  • chrisjones2

    Great…so give us a post in Irish and dont use Google Translate

  • chrisjones2

    That may pose a teensie problemette for most SF MLAs

  • chrisjones2

    Its clause 4 (b) (ii)in the Shinner MLA contract …after 4 (b) (i) Mopery and before 4 (b) iii covering up rape allegations

  • Comrade Stalin

    I think the unionists are pretty good at it. At least Niall is not blocking roads, burning stuff and threatening to bring down the entire country over a flag.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Niall kind of has a point (I winced when Nolan repeated the offensive language characterisation several times), but it’s blunted somewhat It apparently took him over a week to decide that he’d been offended.

  • chrisjones2

    Are you there Michael? Come on,in Irish

  • Concubhar O Liathain

    I think Blás (7pm, Weekdays, BBC Radio Ulster) is a great Irish language programme, one of the best on the air, and has been for many years been meeting the gold standard of radio broadcasting in any language. I think it’s odd and lamentable that many BBC Radio Ulster presenters and newscasters appear to think pronouncing someone’s name, which happens to be in Irish, beneath them and don’t make any real effort to get it right. When they do get it wrong, they chuckle in their BBC manner and laugh it off. It’s unprofessional at best and offensive into the bargain. It would be a matter of pride for the same presenter if faced with a difficult to pronounce name in a language other than Irish. (WIlliam Crawley, at least, has made a good fist of it.)

  • willieric

    Consider this. High profile victims hail from his local area. Among their number are whole families discriminated against because of their search for justice, or unsuccessfully seeking fair allocation of social housing. Yet he feels disrespected because of a few badly pronounced words. Not to mention a teenage girl Duke of Edinburgh Award winner ignored and humiliated in Belfast City Hall.

  • Glenn Clare

    The shinners are all over this childish comment like good MOPE republicans. Yet they are not so keen to hit the airwaves with their agriculture minister, who is responsible for rivers/ Rivers that burst their banks and flooded homes.

    But then again there is no mileage in that, even after they tried to blame it on the DRD minister who just so happens to be in the Ulster Unionist Party. Maybe they can build river flood defences with all the empty yogurt and curry cartons they seem to be so upset about.

    I’m sure the people of Bridge street in Newry can expect the first yogurt and curry flood defence cartons anytime now.

  • chrisjones2

    Knock knock?

    Do YOU speak fluenty Irish Michael?

  • chrisjones2

    Be fair. The Central Committee needed to decide he was offended and the timing needed to be managed to cover the latest revelations

  • Bryan Magee

    To be fair the Ulster Scots community do get a lot of humor against them too.

  • barnshee

    I would keep a low profile on the burning stuff line—the prods have a long way to go before they catch up on republican damage levels

  • notimetoshine

    So because they mispronounce a word of a language they don’t speak and then try to laugh it off it must be offensive? Looking for a problem where there is none.

  • Michael-Henry Mcivor

    Fine Gael used Google Translate the other day for the 2016 events and they made a right mess of it-

    I do what I want to do chrisjones2-not what you want me to do- I can’t kick a football to save my life but I enjoy watching a game-

  • Glenn Clare

    Neil Donnelly taking offence at a “yogurt my curry” comment, yet he is the man who refused to give a young female cadet a Duke of Edinburgh award, MOPE.

  • chrisjones2

    So you love Irish in the same way the Shinners love the republic – by exposing their embarrassments to it?

  • Concubhar O Liathain

    Not at all, even if the presenters never spoke the language, they work for the BBC, their professional pride should drive them to get it right, as they would with a difficult word/name in any other language they would encounter in their jobs. Irish is very much such a language in Northern Ireland, but BBC presenters:/news presenters appear to have a blind spot about it which outshines their professionalism. If anything is offensive it’s mispronouncing a name live on radio or TV, and then laughing at it, I contend.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Coal shed anyone?

  • Joe_Hoggs

    Yet again Sergio, offends the Unionist community by playing the man and not the ball. Can the Slugger moderators not enforce their own rules?

  • Joe_Hoggs

    It was quite funny and drew a lot of laughs around NI. Sinn Fein and Nationalists in general are a little too quick to pull the offence card, therefore if there are genuine instances of offence they’re going to get overlooked. Remember the boy who cried wolf??!!

  • barnshee

    “would know Niall’s first language is Irish ”

    HMMM unlikely – brought up in Gaeltacht ? unlikely given his accent
    Parents spoke fluent Irish at home in early years? Hmmm

    First language of choice ? -no doubt

    The child played it all wrong

    Should have smiled quietly and expressed his disappointment that the (relatively) uneducated Gregory should mock even modest recognition of a second language.
    I don`t think Gregory (like most off the politicos) is weighed done by academic achievement -hit them where it hurts.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Ah dry up and quit your whining. If you had read the post you would have seen I was taking a dig at SF. It was Gregory offending the Irish speakers and taking the focus away from current headlines. You need to stop finding excuses to get yourself upset -‘it will give you wind!

  • Joe_Hoggs

    So the level of you intellect is to call a Unionist representative a “bellend”?

    Finally, the irony of a Nationalist telling someone to stop their “whining” is incedible.

  • Morpheus

    He is bang on the money with his comments.

    Would Stephen Nolan repeat jokes about Cantonese to Anna Lo then dare her to laugh at them on national TV? Would he repeat jokes about Urdu to Lord Nazir Ahmed and dare him to laugh at them on national TV?

    Absolutely not.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    “you intellect” burp; “incedible” burp; you’ll be getting an upset tummy old chap. Do calm down.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    It’s a shame Irish has been so politicised. It’s not the language’s fault or its apolitical speakers. Unfortunately they have to reap the whirlwind of SF’s adoption of it, which has been a tragedy.

    SF (while of course quite entitled to speak whatever language they want), seem to want a level of pristine respect for every utterance in Irish that they are unwilling to concede to something as innocent as the poppy symbol, let alone the union flag or an Orange walk. It’s all a bit po-faced and a lot hypocritical. They’re not wrong to stand up for Irish; it’s the double standards that make us all grind our teeth.

  • sk

    The politicians who condemn the politicisation of the Irish language, are the same ones who are all too pleased to pose for pictures in their Orange sashes come the twelfth of July. Would you agree that George Chittick and friends therefore reap a similar whirlwind for the company they keep?

    Neither side of the fence has a monopoly on po-faced hypocrisy.

  • Jag

    He’s made a complaint!

    http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/32345

    “In response, the BBC have claimed that I ‘introduced a lightness of tone’ into the exchange.

    “I not only reject that assertion but also the inference that it could be used to justify the unacceptable and offensive behaviour of the presenter which followed.

    “As well as repeating my call for the BBC to apologise I have also lodged a complaint with the BBC Trust as the governing body of the organisation and the arbitrator for all complaints.”

  • Jag

    He’s made a complaint!

    http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/32345

    “In response, the BBC have claimed that I ‘introduced a lightness of tone’ into the exchange.

    “I not only reject that assertion but also the inference that it could be used to justify the unacceptable and offensive behaviour of the presenter which followed.

    “As well as repeating my call for the BBC to apologise I have also lodged a complaint with the BBC Trust as the governing body of the organisation and the arbitrator for all complaints.”

  • Jag

    And did Radio Face Nolan gamble away the mojo of his show on his mini-break in Sin City? Yesterday’s show must have been the meekest ever. In all seriousness it must be very difficult to consistently and knowledgeably ask the right questions and push the politicians, I hope he has a good support team at the BBC, it would be a shame if his show lost its personality.