The Official Languages Act, 2003
- The Official Languages Act 2003 was signed into law on 14 July 2003. The Act is the first piece of legislation to provide a statutory framework for the delivery of services through the Irish language.
- The primary objective of the Act is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish. This will be principally achieved by placing a statutory obligation on Departments of State and public bodies to make specific provision for delivery of such services in a coherent and agreed fashion through a statutory planning framework, known as a “scheme”, to be agreed on a three-year renewable basis between the head of the body concerned and the Minister. Schemes remain in force for three years and thereafter fall to be renewed. The intention is that this renewal process will be used to secure a significant improvement in the level of public services available through Irish over time.
- The Act also specifies some basic general provisions of universal applicability, e.g. correspondence to be replied to in the language in which it was written, providing information to the public in the Irish language, or in the Irish and English languages, bilingual publication of certain key documents etc.
- The Letterkenny Institute of Technology published its first scheme document under the Act in 2007, it's second scheme in 2012 and its third scheme has now been confirmed by the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The current scheme shall remain in force for a period of three years from 12 October 2015 or until a new scheme has been approved.
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- Further information regarding the Official Languages Act may be obtained at www.coimisineir.ie
- Our email address for Irish language enquiries is firstname.lastname@example.org