Goodbye Ireland, hello Éire Ireland

It will no doubt please many to hear that in official European parlance the term “Ireland” will no longer be used in meetings. It seems following the decision to make Irish an official EU language that Ireland will now go under the name “Éire Ireland”. The Éire Ireland name change will apply to signage and name plates at Council of Minister meetings and leaders’ summits from January 2007 in what an Irish government spokesperson described as an “entirely consistent move”.