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Language Policy

The Irish Constitution

The status of the Irish language is set out in the Irish Constitution.

Article 8 of the Constitution states:

  • The Irish language as the national language is the first official language.
  • The English language is recognised as a second official language.
  • Provision may, however, be made by law for the exclusive use of either of the said languages for any one or more official purposes, either throughout the State or in any part thereof.

Official Languages Act 2003

The aim of the Official Languages Act 2003 is to increase and improve in an organised manner, over a period of time, the quantity and quality of services provided for the public through Irish by public bodies. The legislation intends to create a space for the language in public affairs in Ireland.

The Council is committed to ensuring an improved availability, and a higher standard of public services through Irish. In improving services through Irish, the Council has continued with the implementation of the Official Languages Act 2003 by providing information for staff regarding the Councils obligations in this regard. The objective of the Act is to increase the visibility and availability of bilingual service options through continued improvements in the quantity and quality of public service provision through Irish.

Overview of the Official Languages Act 2003

Official Languages Act 2003 - Guidebook

An Coimisinéir Teanga

The Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga was established under the Official Languages Act as an independent statutory office operating as an ombudsman's service and as a compliance agency.

An Coimisinéir Teanga is appointed by the President of Ireland on the advice of the government following a resolution passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas recommending the appointment. Rónán Ó Domhnaill took up the post of Coimisinéir Teanga on 22 February 2014 under the Official Languages Act.

The functions and powers of An Coimisinéir Teanga are specified in the Act and he is completely independent in his role as An Coimisinéir Teanga.

Functions of An Coimisinéir Teanga

Powers of An Coimisinéir Teanga

Responsibilities of the Minister & An Coimisinéir Teanga

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