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The Irish language has a high status in Ireland. The English language has status too, however. The status of these two languages is set out in the constitution 'The Irish language as the national language is the first official language. The English language is recognised as a second official language.' 

Seven counties have a Gaeltacht area i.e. an area in which Irish is the language of the community. Irish can be seen on road signs, in education, online and can be heard in the media, public transport and many other ways too.  

The biggest employer in Ireland is the state itself. The state gives protection to the Irish language in the Official Languages Act 2003. The Language Commissioner protects the language rights of Irish speakers. Being able to speak Irish is therefore a big advantage. Having an extra language is always as a compliment to and not at the expensive of another language. 

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