Gaelic will cost EU $4 Million A Year

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Jun 22 14:45:46 UTC 2005

>>From NYTimes, June 14, 2005

 Europe: Europeans Elevate Gaelic At $4 Million A Year

The European Union granted official status to Gaelic, Ireland's
little-used native tongue, making it the 21st official language in the
bloc. The move will require legislation to be translated into Gaelic,
while live translations in Gaelic would be provided at union meetings if
the Irish speaker requested it in advance. While it will be welcomed by
those campaigning to save the language from extinction, the action will
require the hiring of an estimated 30 Gaelic speakers at a cost to
European Union taxpayers of about $4.15 million annually.

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