Éire (Ireland) remains divided. The twenty-six counties of the Republic have, much to the annoyance of English colonial detractors, prospered financially with independence but there are many social issues that need to be addressed.
The Irish language, Gaeilge, has a broad speaker base in the republic due to the teaching requirement in school but the native speaker numbers are shrinking. It continues to make strides every year and recent developments include:
In the north, the language was effectively outlawed in schools until the 1990s. There remains a huge sectarian divide in society and the most intransigent elements of unionism/loyalism are being marginalised and the nationalist/republican voice is being heard. This division will never be overcome until an all-Ireland republic is established.
Chairperson of the Éire Branch: Cathal Ó Luain
Secretary of the Éire Branch: Kerron Ó Luain