Gaeilge…there are problems, aren't there?

Why not try a highly emotive ceist? The Irish language seems to get everyone’s juices flowing. Every couple of months a discussion is raised about the viability of our native language.
A recent study shows that only about 3% of Irish people speak Gaeilge as their main language of communication. This is despite the fact that anyone who leaves school after the Leaving Cert has had 14 years instruction in the language.
I’m always intrigued by how other countries have resurrected their native language. Take Israel as an example. It was only 1948 when Hebrew was taken as the national language. Now everyone speaks it in their day to day life. Both Welsh and Manx have been resurrected from the dead in recent years.
It appears to me that although we don’t want to lose the Irish language, most people don’t actually want to go to the effort of speaking it. The education system is obviously failing miserably

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