Ireland should have one official language
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I will discuss under the following point;
*Why preserve a dying language
First to define the motion. The word "Official" means a language that is given a special status in a country, state or other jurisdiction. In Article 8 of the Constitution, it states that Irish is the first official language of Ireland and English is the second. However, just because Irish is the first official language, we use English as our official language. Nothing is set in stone. Things change and Irelands official language is one of them.
Now onto my first point, Why we should preserve a dying language.
In real life, Irish is spoken fluently in places, but the population of native speakers is decreasing every year. Even within the Gaeltachts (Connemara, Dingle, Ring, N/W Donegal), English is commonly spoken. There are only a few places left in Ireland where Irish is spoken well enough to carry out a conversation and understand what the speaker is saying. It is a waste of time and energy and also money to continue teaching the Irish language if the majority of the population of Ireland aren't going to speak it.
If you look at the matter realistically, you will see that there is no point having two official languages if the majority of the population speak only one.
Therefore, I ask you to propose the motion "Ireland should have only one official language"
If you look at statistics, which the opposition clearly hasn't, you will see that English is the second most commonly spoken language in the world so realistically, don't you think that for the benefit of the country that only having one official language. In terms of business, if a business deal was being made between a country such as Spain and Ireland, do you think that the deal would be made in English, a language both countries can speak and carry a conversation with, or Irish, a language only a minority of people in Ireland speak and no other country in the world speaks.
The cost of having Irish as an official language is over a million euro to keep and add on the training to teach Irish to third level students. It is double since we also have to deal with the cost of English as well. This money could be put towards more beneficial causes such as health care, developing the economy etc.
I know you may say that Irish is the roots of our culture, but as I mentioned before, the language will be preserved but won't be recognised as an official language in Ireland.
Thank you for listening to my side of the debate and I beg you to propose the motion that "Ireland should have one official language".
I would like to thank my opponent for a good debate and I hope to see you vote my side of the argument.
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