Irish included in online “endangered languages” list

Irish has been put on a list of endangered languages.

It comes as an on-line resource to record and access smaller dialects goes live today.

The Endangered Languages Project enables users to find comprehensive and up-to-date information about more than 3-thousand languages.

Users can access data, audio, text and video samples through the Google-powered scheme.

The internet giant says half of the languages in the world today could be extinct within the next 80 years.

According to the material, Irish Gaelic is one of them.

It's described as "severely endangered" - which is the second worst category, next to 'virtually unknown'.

Joining Irish on that list are several regional dialects across Europe - including Cornish, Istro Romanian and Livon.