Irish a ‘UK language’ – BBC

The BBC has an interesting story online – Local UK languages ‘taking off’ .

The article concerns the group of Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh medium education – 20% of education in Wales is now Welsh medium. On the other hand anyone with an interest in the future of Scottish Gaelic will be anxious that growth in GME is far behind that in Wales and even here.

Traditionally Gaelic speaking parents felt that an education in English was vital to acquire that language effectively, this attitude has faded but lack of teachers is undoubtedly a huge factor.

Cnocubhar has blogged this story over on igaeilge.

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