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 or by phone at 091-504006.


Irish in the Courts

The right to use Irish

Either of the two official languages may be used in any court; in any pleading in any court or in any document issuing from any court.  The court has a duty to ensure that any person may be heard in the official language of his or her choosing.

If the State or a public body is party to civil proceedings before a court, the State or the public body shall use the official language, Irish or English, chosen by the other party.  If more than one other party is concerned, the State or public body shall have to decide which official language would be reasonable to use in the particular case.

An information leaflet entitled An Ghaeilge sa Chúirt can be downloaded here.

A poster entitled An Ghaeilge sa Chúirt can be downloaded here.

If you would like to order copies of the information leaflet and/or the poster, please contact us at

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