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Subject: Re: Ireland to seek EU recognition for Gaelic language
From: Sean Kelley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:GAELIC Language Bulletin Board <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 14 Jul 2004 16:20:41 -0500

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On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 21:27:46 +0100, Michael Everson
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From RTÉ News
> Govt wants Irish declared EU language
> 14 July 2004 20:23
> The Government is to apply to have Irish declared
> as an official language of the EU. A decision was
> taken at today's cabinet meeting.
> Discussions will begin with other EU member
> states and with the European Commission with a
> view to seeking official and working language
> status for the Irish language in the EU under the
> EEC Regulation 1/1958.
> The Regulation is the legal instrument that
> governs the EU Institutions official and working
> language regime.
> Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht
> Affairs, Eamon Ó Cuív, announced the application.
> He said: 'The focus in the discussions will be on
> securing agreement on the practical modalities in
> relation to this objective.'
> ==========
> From Reuters
> Ireland wants Irish as official EU language
>   Wed 14 July, 2004 19:38
>   By Peter Griffiths
> LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland has said it wants
> Irish to be made the 21st official language of
> the European Union.
> Eamon O'Cuiv, Minister for Community, Rural and
> Gaeltacht (Irish speaking areas), told Reuters on
> Wednesday the government would lobby for Irish to
> be given full "working language" status, which
> would allow people to speak it in the European
> parliament.
> "People fully recognise the importance of the
> Irish language as part of the rich cultural
> heritage we have," he said. "The next step is to
> go and talk to all the other member states and to
> evaluate their reaction."
> In Brussels, European Commission spokesman Erik Mamer declined to comment.
> Irish speakers say the EU's enlargement from 15
> to 25 members in May offers a good backdrop for a
> renewed push for change.
> However, some EU officials privately complain
> that the EU's expansion has already turned it
> into a Tower of Babel which risks linguistic
> gridlock.
> The number of official languages rose from 11 to
> 20 with enlargement on May 1, prompting the EU to
> ask bureaucrats to cut their verbiage to save
> translation costs.
> Irish has enjoyed a revival in the last 50 years,
> helped by dedicated television and radio
> broadcasts and laws to promote its use in daily
> life. The government says 41 percent of the 4
> million population can speak it.
> Ireland chose English as its working language
> when it joined the European bloc in 1973, even
> though Irish is enshrined in the national
> constitution as the first language.
> ==========
> From
> 14 July 2004
>   The Irish government said on Wednesday it would
> seek recognition of Gaelic as an official working
> language of the European Union.
>   The minister for Gaeltacht (Irish) affairs,
> Eamon O Cuiv, said in a statement the government
> would "initiate a process of discussions with the
> other EU member states and the EU commission with
> a view to seeking official and working language
> status for the Irish language in the EU under EEC
> Regulation 1/1958".
>   The regulation is the legal instrument that
> governs the EU institutions' official and working
> language regime.
>   Pressure to gain recognition for Gaelic mounted
> earlier this year when Ireland held the EU's
> rotating six-monthly presidency, during which
> time 10 mainly east European countries joined the
> bloc.
>   One of the main Gaelic language lobby groups,
> Stadas (Status), argued that it was an anomaly to
> have the languages of entrant countries such as
> Malta and Latvia recognised while Irish, the
> tongue of a long-standing EU member, had still to
> get official status.
>   Irish language enthusiasts picketed EU meetings
> in Dublin, marched on parliament and circulated a
> petition.
>   Enda Kenny, leader of the main opposition Fine
> Gael party, said that since the EU's historic May
> 1 enlargement to 25 nations, 20 languages were
> now recognised as official EU languages .
>   Gaelic was Ireland's predominant language up
> until the middle of the 1800s, when it was
> supplanted by English.
>   Irish spoken today dates back to at least the
> ninth century and has survived despite attempts
> during British colonisation to completely
> anglicise the country.
>   Various efforts have been made to revive Gaelic
> but the number of speakers continues to decline.
>   A 2002 census showed about 1.4 million of
> Ireland's four million people had "an ability" to
> speak Irish and over a quarter of those were
> reported as speaking it on a daily basis.
> --
> Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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