It's just a fact. The Irish population has stuck with their choice of English. It makes it hard to get services in any other language.There is nothing more compulsory in the Irish state than the English language.
If you don't believe me, go down to your local post office, court house, garda station or social welfare office and try speaking to them in any other language.
If you are in the Gaeltacht, there is some chance you might be attended in Irish, otherwise forget it.
Attempts have been made in the public administration to cater for the Gaelic speakers but they ran aground because of the very few public servants who know Irish. And of those who do, I'm told, many don't want to be assigned to the role of 'Irish Language Officer' because it would be a career dead-end.
The Irish lobby wanted a special recruitment stream for Irish-speakers but the staff associations were afraid of gaeilgeoirí parachuting into special jobs. And there was also the scare that other minorities would claim similar employment rights.