The way I heard it, very few of the police actually speak Is it true that in Ireland, you have the right to request to be arrested in Gaelic?

The way I heard it, very few of the police actually speak Gaelic, and it is apparently amusing to watch them struggle trying to repeat their memorized lines in Gaelic. Is this really true?
Answers:   Yeah they have to be fluent in Irish because you can insist on speaking it to them but...I don't think many people actually do..
You can certainly opt for trial as Gaeilge.Not sure about arrest but I wouldn't be surprised.I would imagine the gards sent to Gaeltachts have better Irish than most gardai but then again some of them can barely read.
My local gard was fast asleep when I went in for a passport form,lol.
Yep :)

and to be a member of the garda¨ª you have to speak either english or irish.
About 98 thousand out of the population of 5 million speaks the language, so... unless you're in a Gaeltacht area I'm pretty sure very few of the Gardai could actually conduct an arrest in Irish. But just for the hell of it you could demand them to do so. They could either charge you with insulting police officers or you might find yourself in a situation where you would have to respond to them in Irish...

And something tells me, if you call the language Gaelic, you might not have had enough brush-ins with the language to actually sustain a conversation in it. But good luck anyway! Just remember, when you say p¨®g m¨® thoin, you could be charged with insulting a police officer, too ;)

Edit: this question made me think of an anecdote a friend once told me. He was arrested in Belgium once for improper conduct and they took him to the station. Just to avoid having to talk to them, he started reciting every sentence in Irish he could remember from his school days.

I laughed too hard to catch how the story ended, though. I think he was charged anyway.
i think so
Yes. You have the right to do most "offical" things as gaeilge. My Irish teacher in secondary school claimed to have avoided many a speeding ticket by simpley saying "Dia dhuit, a gharda." when they pulled her over. She also used to make them set up a seperate line for her in the post office so she could do her buisness in Irish.
I don't know for sure as we all speak fluent English anyway. But you can be charged with wasting Garda time, and with obstructing justice..
Irish is the official language of the country, so yes, they must be able to conduct an arrest in Irish if called upon to do so - however, if you don't actually speak Irish & don't understand what they're saying to you it would be regarded a gigantic time wasting exercise for you to ask them to do this
According to law, you have the legal right to deal with any public authority in either official language (Irish or English). This includes councils, the courts, tax offices and Garda¨ª (police).

I would assume you have the right to be "read your rights" in Irish, but if you refused to speak English, it would probably be necessary for him to take you to the local station. Either that or they could just get on the radio and speak immediately to someone who can and read you your rights over the radio waves.

Truth to tell, I'm not prepared to do something I could be arrested for just to find out.

Just another thing to point out. If you only have a few words yourself, you could at worst find you have misunderstood and confessed to something by accident - or at best made yourself look the complete eejit. If they have to get someone in to speak to you, he isn't going to speak slowly, he won't use only common words, and he won't separate them. He will neither be too impressed when you want to change to English either.

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