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Chase considers putting an Irish language option on ATMs in NYC

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Chase Bank has promised the Irish community of New York that it will review requests by at least one of its Irish-speaking customers in Queens, that the bank extend the courtesy of multi-lingual ATM service to those in places like Woodside who speak Irish.

The bank’s ATMs currently offer residents the option of an interface in any number of neighborhood languages, including Spanish and Chinese. A quick survey of the neighborhood confirms enthusiasm among residents for Irish language service and recognition.

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  1. Another stupid idea. Everyone from Ireland speaks English or doesn’t Chase know that? The Brits (almost) succeeded in killing Gaelic but did succeed in forcing the Irish to learn English. The “request” by “at least one of its Irish-speaking customers in Queens” probably wasn’t even meant to be serious. Maybe that “request’ was made by someone who was annoyed at the English, then Spanish choices by telephone and ATM.

  2. Why? Are they afraid that they’ll lose all their Frosted Lucky Charms?


  3. SAs someone who was (and still is) involved in various campaigns in Ireland to have Irish language services for Irish speaking communities I don’t see what the fuss is about. Spanish / Chinese / Arabic (and whoever else) speaking communities avail of services in their own languages despite being able to speak English or whatever the host language of a country may be, so why wouldn’t Irish speakers in Queens not want the same?

    It’ll cost Chase virtually nothing from their multi-billion dollar budget.

    So why not?

  4. The statistics for Irish spoke by NYC residents and visitors here are interesting and deserve careful consideration:

    ● NYC welcomed 268,000 visitors from Ireland (presumably the 26 countries) in 2009.

    ● According to the Central Census Office in Dublin, 41.9% of people in the 26 counties speak Irish. If this is accurate, the percentage of those who can READ Irish (and hence, can use an Irish ATM interface) would have to be higher. (If not fully accurate, the census answers certainly indicate an enthusiastic support for Irish.)

    ●If these Irish visitors to NYC are indicative of the norm in Ireland, we can safely assume that more than 112292 of last year’s visitors can read Irish.

    ● Still, a combined report by the University of Ulster and the University of Limerick indicated that Irish-speakers enjoy higher incomes than the rest of the Irish population. Hence, we may suppose that a disproportionate number of these are included among those who can more readily travel to NYC.

    ● Furthermore, to these, we MUST add those visiting from the North of Ireland, where enthusiasm for Irish is most remarkable.

    ● To these, let’s add the 1290 Irish-speakers in Queens, the 590 in Manhattan, the 305 in Brooklyn and the 455 in the Bronx.

    ● Other visitors come from surrounding regions and States to visit us and are proficient in Irish.

    Irish adds up!

    An Irish-language ATM interface would be a win-win endeavor for Chase Bank, as well as NYC & Co (the City’s tourism & marketing office) and the Queens Tourism Council given that they show some of the imagination that is lacking in Aer Lingus and too many “Irish”-American organizations in New York.

  5. Really, it would cost Chase Bank a pittance, yet add to the cultural flavor that is NYC. They could copy in Woodlawn as well.


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