Within the past decades, much discussion in sociolinguistics and the sociology of language has centred on concerns over the survival prospects of lesser-used/ minority languages. It is generally agreed that the survival of a language depends on the degree to which it is used by members of a community and importance attached to it. This study is designed to explore factors affecting attitudes to and the use of the Irish language in the island of Ireland and how these factors relate to each other. In so doing, it utilises a variety of databases, including a 2013 survey. The findings of this study can be used as an evidence base to inform the policy and practice regarding the current status and use of the Irish language in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.