Ireland: Watch Your Language

A county council imposes a language requirement for occupants of new homes.
November 17, 2003, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Believed to be the first time a council has imposed a language requirement as a condition of planning permission granting to developers, a scheme of new houses can only be occupied by people who speak fluent Irish (Gaelic). The new rule is hailed by language activists: "It sets a precedent which, if followed in other Gaeltacht areas under threat, could arrest the decline of Irish as a community language."

Thanks to Michael Kilcullen

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Published on Saturday, November 15, 2003 in Irish Independent
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