Language and identity: Lessons from Ireland

Devereux, M. (2011) Language and identity: Lessons from Ireland. Town and Country Planning , 80 (4). pp. 192-194. ISSN 0040-9960 Available from:

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This article explores the difficulties faced in keeping the Irish languages in daily use in those areas of Ireland where the influx of English as as dominant language is a threat. In particular it focusses on the approach of planners to controlling the right to occupy new housing soley to those able to speak Irish. This is done in several ways, including by requiring potential occupiers to be tested in the language. The article suggests that the success of this approach might be something that planners in other nations faced with a similar problem could consider as a means of tackling the issue.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:planning, language, Ireland, Gaeltacht
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:16326
Deposited By: M. Devereux
Deposited On:09 Jan 2012 12:36
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 21:06

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