- Nov 17, 2012
Sadly it over DJ - Irish will be gone within the next 20 yearsTo be fair there still are around 30,000-40,000 fluent Irish speakers in Ireland around 20,000 of who live in the Gaeltacht and I think it is reasonable for services to be provided or offered for them where they are available. I rang the Public Services Card Office last week and did my business as Gaeilge. There is no harm in services being made available dependent on there being Irish speakers to provide them and ask for them. And given that Irish is the oldest ancestral language and spoken by people still today I don't see a problem with it being our first or one of our two official national languages. I am well aware that it if Irish dies largely in the Gaeltacht within the next ten years (as has been predicted by two Údarás na Gaeltachta commissioned reports in recent years) that the playing pitch will change dramatically including, I think, in relation to the future of the Gaelscoileanna.
Polish is now our 2nd language in reality