Irish Man Leaves Job for Being Told to Speak Only English

Alleges he was ousted from his position for occasionally conversing in his native tongue

Conflicting reports from the employee and employer leave the full story unclear.

Cormac Ó Bruic, an Irish-speaking man from an Fheothanach in Ireland, left his job as a barman at The Flying Enterprise in Cork, Ireland, after allegedly being told by the owner, Finbarr O’Shea, that he was not permitted to speak Irish at work, The Irish Times reported.

O’Shea supposedly told Ó Bruic that he had received complaints from other customers and insisted his pub was an “English-speaking business.”

Ó Bruic left the pub to take time to determine whether he would stay at the business, and on a later date he received documentation “effectively confirming that his contract of employment had been terminated,” according to An Sionnach Fionn.


The management released a statement that read, “We wish to clarify that Cormac was not fired or dismissed nor did we intend to fire or dismiss Cormac in this regard. However while Cormac did initially engage with the HR process he decided to leave before the process was concluded. Therefore we believe it would be unfair to Cormac if we were to discuss an internal HR matter publicly.”