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The impact of Brexit on Gaeilge ?

The Republic of Ireland is now the only EU country that speaks English. With English being such a global language I'm concerned Britain's exit might marginalise Gaeilge further? I'd be interested to hear what others think the impact of this shift might have on the Irish language, if any at all!

2 years ago

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There will be ramifications on Gaeilge because whatever happens from now on with Brexit will have influence on Ireland's future. But it's very hard to say what that might be.

As thing stand now, Irish reunification may be the best bet for Gaeilge, or it could be the worst. Everything is a gamble when the future is this fragile. But suffice to say, Ireland has a slightly more pressing problem with how Brexit may impact the Good Friday Agreement than anything relating to Gaeilge. The last thing anyone who gives one iota about Ireland wants is a return to the Troubles, but the Brexit vote basically bulldozed over UK's ability to uphold the GFA in the good faith it was made. And to be a provocateur here, I'm personally in favor of Irish reunification, simply because of how Brexit has demonstrated how little the British public is concerned about Northern Ireland, despite the UK's obligation to uphold the GFA, and without either public support or EU mandates, we cannot expect a non-EU UK to do anything to protect and promote Gaeilge.

(I add as a sidenote that violation of the GFA on the UK's half could very quickly result in both EU and UN action and mediation, which is ironic seeing how badly the racist feckers in Britain want to be free of those other Europeans. But they were too busy blaming Muslims and sneering at the EU to even think of how badly they can screw things up for themselves.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Buachaill_Cliste

Brexit will have no impact on the future of Gaeilge on the Island of Ireland (R.O.I. & N.I). The future of Gaeilge remains in the hands of those who choose to learn or speak it.

The future of Gaeilge in the E.U. remains unchanged as it is continues to be an official language of the E.U.

Brexit will have no impact on the Good Friday Agreement. This may come as a shock to those who continue to peddle 'the worn out dreams of yesterday'. Reunification is a luxury that the hard pressed taxpayers on the Island of Ireland neither want or can afford. Can't pay, won't pay........anyone?

2 years ago

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No, the UK are still in the European Union. Article 50 hasn't even been enacted yet, nevermind anything else. It'll take 2 years anyway. Also, Brexit won't make a difference to Gaeilge, Ireland's government clearly have no interest in the language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EamonRyan01

After Brexit there will be no member state of the EU where English is the first language. Perhaps English should be removed from its position as lingua franca. (All Ireland's EU business then to be conducted "as Gaeilge"?)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

English won't be removed. The US still speaks it, and the UK will still have a lot of interactions with the EU. And too much has been invested in it; it won't be changed anytime soon. Also, 90% of Ireland speaks English as a native language, and it is an official language of the country, and the most used language fo the country. It's also an official language of Malta. And if Scotland/Northern Ireland leave the UK and join the EU, they'll both use it.

2 years ago

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In the first place, it is important to highlight the uncertainty regarding what EU legislation and agreements or elements thereof the UK will seek to retain or discard following a departure from the EU; this will likely be unresolved for several years, and as noted above, Article 50 has yet to be triggered.

The UK has obligations towards Irish from agreements and legislation of both internal and EU origin. Of the latter, which may be affected, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is probably the most important. However, as this is a devolved matter, there has been little substantial progress in spite of it (see link). Therefore, its hypothetical withdrawal would have no significant effect, but undoubtedly there would be a loss of a external observer on language policy in NI.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-25750658

Irish's status within the EU is set to be enhanced further with the end of its derogation expected. As the RoI's relationship with Europe has not changed, the position of Irish will be unaffected.

http://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/irish-to-be-given-full-official-eu-language-status/

I confess I am unclear as to why/where you were originally concerned that Irish would be marginalised as a result of UK exit from the EU and what this has to do with English's position as a global language.

ADDENDUM: There may well be economic implications for the Gaeltacht (and rest of Ireland), and therefore on the language there.

“Ní bheidh sé iomlán soiléir sa ghearrthéarma cén cineál tionchair a bheidh aige ar gheilleagar na Gaeltachta agus ar na comhlachtaí atá lonnaithe ansin go dtí go mbeidh an próiseas sin [imeacht na Breataine ón AE] curtha i gcrích

http://tuairisc.ie/brexit-dfheadfadh-aon-neamhchinnteacht-a-leanfadh-an-reifreann-deacrachtai-a-chruthu-do-chomhlachtai-gaeltachta-udaras/

2 years ago

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Thank you all. I was thinking companies may now look to Ireland to conduct global business based on the fact that Ireland is the remaining English speaking EU country (now I know it is not the only one!), English being a globally dominant language in business. This would then mean Irish in Ireland would be marginalised further. However, I hadn't really appreciated how few people speak Irish already! Although I was in Dublin earlier this year and I was saddened by the fact that the only Irish I actually heard was an announcement on a train.

2 years ago

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English is also official in Malta, making the total 3 since the UK hasn't formally left yet. But on Gaeilge, I don't think Brexit will have too much of an effect on it, positive or negative.

2 years ago

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They haven't trigger article 50 so nothing definite yet. Irish has improved with the E.U and we would be the same as any other country so ultimately its bound to raise its profile.

2 years ago