Irish to be an Official Language of the EU

By: Jane Merrow

Irish is really an ancient Celtic language called Gaelic.   Gaelic is also the official language of Scotland, thus far part of the UK.   The two Gaelic languages are somewhat different, quite different in fact.  The different languages within our world are part of what makes it colourful and interesting and the debate about how many different languages that we, the people of this planet should use, will go on as long as the world exists.

About 30% of the Irish speak Gaelic, we are told; this is in the Southern independent part of Ireland, which gained its freedom from the UK in the early 19th Century, leaving only Northern Ireland as part of the UK. 

Southern Ireland is part of the EU and has the Euro as its currency, Northern Ireland is part of the UK and as such also belongs to the EU, the UK (which includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) does not use the Euro, so it is not the currency for those countries either. 

Confused enough yet?   The Welsh and the Scottish also have their own Parliaments (Assemblies) and can make certain laws of their own, so for someone going to work in the British Isles, this mix of currency, laws and language create a nice labyrinth to work out!   

No doubt all this multi-partisan status exists all over the World in different countries, with differing interests, loyalties and histories.   In that sense it seems that Globalisation is a force for the good as it unites the people of this tiny planet and helps them to acknowledge that we are all in this together and maybe it’s time to time to preserve the pastFree Articles, but not try live in it.

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