Sociolinguistics: Statistical Sources
The Census is a very useful primary source. The 2002 census reports on frequency of speaking Irish, but the 2006 census asks about speaking Irish within and outside the educational system. Reports earlier than 2002 have no information on frequency.
Many useful documents and statistics on the Irish language are on the web. The following list includes both website links and links to specific reports.
20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 . Dublin: Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Available from the website of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: http://www.ahg.gov.ie
Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht / Conchúr Ó Giollagáin et al.
A research progect conducted between April 2004 and October 2006, to provide up-to-date data and cogent analysis with regard to the use of the Irish language in the contemporary Gaeltacht.
Gaelport.com. Website of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, and a portal to information on the Irish language.
The Irish Language and the Irish People (report on the attitudes towards, competence in, and use of the Irish language in the Republic of Ireland in 2007-’08) / Mícheál Mac Gréil and Fergal Rhatigan. Foreword by Maolsheachlann Ó Caollaí.
Survey and Research Unit, Department of Sociology, NUIM, 2009.
Turning on and tuning in to Irish Language in the 21st Century
A report prepared by MORI Ireland on behalf of the BCI/Foras na Gaeilge, 2004.
The report is on Irish language radio listening preferences, but includes an analysis of language practice and attitudes.