Official Languages (Amendment) Act 2021

The Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019 was enacted on 22 December 2021. A copy of the new Act is available here.

The provisions in the new legislation include:

The new provisions will be implemented over a period of time.

We are currently reviewing our website to take into account the amendments to the legislation arising from the new Act. We hope to conclude this review early in the New Year. In the interim, if you have any question in respect of any specific provision of the new Act, we can be contacted at eolas@coimisineir.ie or by phone at 091-504006.

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Direct Duties

Language Duties of Public Bodies

Language duties are imposed on public bodies named under the Official Languages Act in three ways – by way of direct duties imposed on public bodies, by making regulations which have legislative status and by agreeing “schemes” or language plans regarding the provision of services in Irish.

Besides these language duties, Irish has a particular status in other enactments as well as the Official Languages Act and specific bodies are accordingly required to provide services through Irish.

Examples of other such acts are the Insurance Act 1936, Transport Act 1950, Heritage Act 1995, Education Act 1998, Planning and Development Act 2000, Garda Síochána Act 2005.

Direct Duties

The Official Languages Act confirms that the following duties are imposed on public bodies named under the Act:

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