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Official Languages Act 2003

The purpose of the Official Languages Act 2003 is to ensure that high quality services are widely available to the public through Irish.

As a specified public body under the Act, the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment is obligated to provide services in Irish to the public in three ways:

  • In accordance with Regulations
  • In accordance with those direct duties imposed by the Act
  • In accordance with our Language Scheme

The Department’s main duties under the Act are:

  • to use Irish on stationery, on signage and in recorded oral announcements
  • to reply in Irish to any correspondence written in Irish
  • to provide any written communication that is intended to give information to the general public, or a certain class of the public, in both official languages
  • to publish certain documents simultaneously in both official languages
  • to prepare and implement a Language Scheme with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Department works closely with the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act.

Further information on the work of An Coimisinéir Teanga, is available at www.coimisineir.ie.