Mionlach Gaeilge?

While Sluggerites are all waiting for my first proper contribution of the year (cough), here’s something else that may be of some interest:

Is once-maligned Irish language the marker of a new Ireland elite?
A new study finds the Irish language, once seen as the tongue of the poorer and less-educated even in Ireland, is a marker of an economic elite.

Note: it’s a two-pager, which isn’t always immediately obvious.

So, is this good news for Irish speakers? Presumably yes, as it indicates the language is useful. On the other hand, what about béal bocht demands for funding?

Finally, there’s a typo (mine) in the story which I’ve asked the editor to correct. The prof’s name is Vani Borooah, not Boorah.