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Two thirds of people want more government support for the Irish language


by Erin Lindsay
05th Nov 2018
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New research by Conradh na Gaeilge has found that most people want the government to provide more support for Irish language speakers.

“Ceard é an Scéal?” is a series of research reports conducted by Conradh na Gaeilge that looks at public opinion towards the Irish language in Ireland. The research surveyed both those living in the Republic of Ireland and those living in Northern Ireland as well.

The survey found that 66% of people in the south and 47% in the north believe that the State should do more to support the Irish language.

It also found that 78% of people in the south and 67% in Northern Ireland support that Irish medium education should be available to every child if that is their choice.

Other key findings of the research include:

  • 70% in the south and 55% in the north believe that public services should be made available through Irish for those who wish to avail of them.
  • 67% in the south believe that main cities should have Irish language centres to provide information, classes and social events through Irish for the community.
  • 72% believe that the State should provide essential resources to ensure the future and sustainability of the Gaeltacht.

Speaking about the findings, Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, said: “These figures are encouraging and demonstrate that the public have a respect for and an understanding of the importance of the Irish language.”

“It is good to know that the public support that basic needs such as education and public services through Irish are essential, and we hope that the State will listen to this request. These figures also demonstrate the need for an Irish Language Act for the community in the north as soon as possible.”