German Minority Group in Ireland

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Introduction
In April 2006 there was a non-Irish national living in every town. 10,289 of these were German. The German population yet small is growing every year with a 43 per cent increase form 2002. In 2011 there was a further increase of nearly three thousand. In my study I am going to look at the cultural differences and similarities between the two countries, the relationship good and bad from significant past event to present. I will go on further to look at the Germans as a minority group in Ireland using primary and secondary research. The Primary research is compiled of two interviews which a German living in Ireland and four questionnaires of German people. The secondary research is from internet websites, articles, interviews and the central statistics office. There has been a connection between Ireland and Germany for many years dating back from the time of the Celts, who is said to be some of the first to inhabit Germany in 2nd century B.C (infoplease 2005). Since the Ireland joined the EU in 1973 the two countries have cooperated at a European level. In 1990 Ireland supported the unification of Germany during its European Council Presidency. This was one of the most dramatic periods for Taoiseach Charles Haughey who’s Presidency started just months after the fall of the Berlin wall. A council was called in Dublin as the unification of Germany was seen as a European issue and not everyone in Europe supported the idea. The decision of the December European council gave a huge leap for Germany as its unification was welcome. It was a risk Ireland took to ensure Germany was welcome under the European “roof” (Creighton L, 2013). Ireland’s bravery in this area helped develop Germany today. The Germans Irish relationship has been put under strain recently due to the bank crises but the two countries still remain linked in many ways. Despite this strain almost 1000 German per year come to Ireland (CSO, 2006). If we take a closer look at some of both countries successes in history you will find both Irish and German input. One of Germanys leading car sale Audi’s famous slogans “Vorsprung durch Technik”, which mean ahead through engineering, was thought up by a son of a Cork engineer Sir John Hegarty (Scally, 2013). In Ireland just over a hundred years ago the Titanic left Ireland with a logo on its side of a German company Krupp steel (Scally, 2013). The relationship grew during Euro 2012 both Germans and Irish shared a laugh at the Irish slogan “Angela Merkel Thinks We’re Working” (Scally, 2013). Even through the strain of the crises the two countries can find humour in a tough situation. The Germans describing the Irish singing the Fields of Athenry as we plunged out of the competition as a “goose bump moment”. A local German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, wrote “We’ll miss the Irish fans” shows that the relationships between both nationalities remain strong (Scally, 2013). The Irish people do not see the Germans as what they once where, as Nazis but as strong worker ethic, engineers and economy. The Germans like wise to not see the Irish as a lazy nation that the rest of Europe does, we are still working for our future and want to change. Even with Ireland being in a recession this has not stopped a German inflow of people, as it slowly increases. The Statistics speak for themselves with an increase of 43% of German nationals living in Ireland from 7,216 Germans in April 2002 figure to 10,289 in 2006 (Central Statistics Office). The cultural and educational links are ever growing with a large amount of exchanges set up without government involvement. One of the most prevalent cultural exchanges is the Goethe institute Dublin. He Goethe institute promotes a complete view of Germany through teachings of language, culture, social and political life (Goethe Institut 2013). Under the EU’s ERASMUS program many Universities and Institutes of Technology’s maintain a partnership with German universities, with...
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