>Almost certainly, IMHO. Especially since Welsh will still be a minority
>language, and you'll need to keep the English speakers on board the
>independence project. Wales is in a better position than Ireland, since
>there are a greater number of speakers and they have correspondingly
>greater influence, but the Irish experience is still something to be borne
>in mind for the future.
The Irish experience is most certainly worth bearing in mind, just as the
Welsh experience (in terms of language revival) is worth learning from for
both Ireland and Scotland. I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that when
de Valera was President, he made Irish the official language and introduced
it into the teaching curriculum. However, because the number of Irish
speakers was small *and* independence was at long last granted (partially?),
the language never really took off because people were primarily satisfied
with the political independence and so didn't feel the linguistic difference
was needed. Sounds plausible to me, but it's not necessarily a correct
interpretation of what I read.