Unlikrly, yes , but that's exactly what's happening. It has add is putting a nation off. Just not permanently.
Make Irish practical and fun and and you'll get kids wantibg to do it. You'll have it booming in less than one gemeration.
Make it awkward, impractical, needlessly base exams and career possibilities on it or use it to be a condescending dick to a nation of teenagers and you'll them off. Of course they won't be put off permanently, as you say; but why would people want to put them off in the first place? For political reasons? Fear? To teach them 'life isn't fair'?
The revivalists are their own worst enemy in this regard.
The reason for the disinterest is you can do pretty much everything through English here, bar a small number of jobs that require Irish.
I'm not convinced making it fun works, you can have any number of 'cool vids' of modern songs sung in the medium and it's cool for about 15 mins until the next viral video comes along.
i hear people say from time to time..oh we must keep irish alive cause its a beautiful language...no its not
italian, french and english (if its spoken properly) are beautiful languages..irish sounds like someone choking on tinfoil,
Almost all of which are make-work non-jobs paid for by the taxpayer.
Remember when FF thought it was a great wheeze to make Irish an official EU language? Just because it's the EU as a whole paying for it, not just us, doesn't make it right. But if it gets votes in the west for FF then the end justifies the means...
They tried that in the 70s, seriously. Didn't work then either!
When do the poll results become available?
A job in an t-Údarás is literally a job focused on creating more jobs or a job focused on providing community supports in rural Ireland.
Do people who live in Gaeltacht areas not deserve services or jobs?
Should people with the language not be employed to provide these things?
People in the Gaeltacht are just people. They are not automatically language activists, they are just people raised with a language who naturally speak it.
Well, if forcing them doesn't work and making it fun doesn't work, it's dead.
Honestly comes across at this point that you don't care whether Irish lives or dies or the students benefit or don't, as long as it's manadatory. For some reason - any reason will do - I'm guessing because you don't like kids at this point. Or the language it would appear.
The problem is how many of these jobs will be done through Irish? When TG4 started covering Wimbledon they had to make up new terms to cover tennis. If Irish struggles with a sport how the hell can it be used for anything technical(require a 3rd level degree) when all reference material will be in English. I know in accountancy which isn't as technical as a science based subject, good look getting accounting standards and related materials in Irish. Never mind someone who is proficient enough in both accountancy and Irish and who will make a decision based on this knowledge without reverting to English. And that's before you go near science or engineering based fields, which are far more technical.
All you are doing is diluting Gaeltachts by bringing in more English speakers and even further encouraging the speaking of English.
Making it easy might work though. If they just study conversational irish and slowly increase over years then it might be possible. But they force feeding of irish with what some define as irish culture hasn't worked.
1/10 . Must try harder
Yes they do.
Do they deserve a far greater spend per capita simply because of the language they (claim to) speak?
Interesting article from the Examiner on the experience in Wales versus Ireland.
For my next trick, the lotto numbers...
Ah, the pigeon-on-the-chessboard gambit. Did not see that one coming. Looks like I'll have to take psychic lessons from Astrofool....
Where did you get that figure?