Europe

Irish is third most used language

  • 30 March 2012
  • From the section Europe
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The census found found that almost 82,600 people speak Irish every day outside of school.

Irish is the third most used language in Ireland, according to the first definitive results of the 2011 Census.

It found that almost 82,600 people speak Irish every day outside of school.

The figures were released by the Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO) on Friday.

There will be 13 reports on the census results published between now and the end of the year.

Polish is spoken at home by 119,526 while 56,430 speak French.

In Gaeltacht areas, 35% of people said they spoke Irish on a daily basis outside of the education system.

The census also recorded the standard of English amongst foreign languages speakers.

It found that those from Denmark had the highest ability, while people from Lithuania had the lowest.