Thursday, 23 April 2009

93 Procentoj por la Irlandalingvo

…de la Irish Times:

Ninety-three per cent of those taking part in a Statewide survey wish to have Irish revived or preserved, according to a report launched yesterday by Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív.

The survey, The Irish Language and the Irish People , by Father Micheal Mac Greil SJ and Fergal Rhatigan, assesses the attitude of Irish people towards the Irish language, their use of it and their perception of their own competence in the language.

The findings are based on 40-minute face-to-face interviews with a random sample of 1,015 persons (85% of them Irish-born) aged 18 years and over in this State between November 2007 and March 2008. The fieldwork was carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

“The overall positive message emerging from the findings of the 2007-08 survey has been the continued increase in the support for the Irish language and competence in it by respondents with higher education and more highly-prestigious occupations,” the survey report says.

What the survey calls “the most disappointing result” is the disparity between the 47 per cent of Irish-born respondents who claim “reasonable” competence in Irish and the 23 per cent who use the language on a regular basis…

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