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.


Duties in Accordance with Regulations

Every public body named under the Act has a statutory duty to comply with the Regulations made by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht under section 9(1) of the Act.

In accordance with the Regulations, public bodies have a duty to ensure that their:

It is not sufficient for public bodies to provide recorded oral announcements, new stationery and/or new signage in English only after the appropriate dates set out in these Regulations. They must either be provided in Irish only or in Irish and English.

The Regulations (S.I. No.391 of 2008) can be downloaded here.

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