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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Language Rights

I am very pleased to introduce this educational resource. It provides an insight into language rights generally and Irish language rights in particular, in the overall context of human rights.

The material was developed in conjunction with the Professional Development Service for Teachers and is provided to second level schools throughout the country with the support of An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta.

I hope that this educational resource will encourage debate on language rights among students and will improve their understanding of this important subject. I also hope that it will help them develop their sense of identity as citizens of a country which has two official languages, Irish and English.

The Irish language is of fundamental importance to the identity of the Irish people and it plays a central role in our culture. We also have a duty to protect the language as part of world heritage.

I hope that teachers and students will find this educational resource both useful and enjoyable.

An Coimisinéir Teanga

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