Official Languages Act

The purpose of the Official Languages Act is to increase in an organised manner over a period of time, the quantity and quality of services provided by public bodies to the public through Irish. The Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga has published a guidebook to assist the public regarding their language rights and to provide advice to public bodies regarding their duties under the Official Languages Act. 

Public bodies must abide by specific duties and regulations. Public bodies are also obliged to draft a 3 year Irish language scheme outlining the services they will offer in the Irish language or bilingually.

Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019
The Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019 passed through Dáil Éireann and was signed into law by the President of Ireland, 22 December 2021. Details of the amended bill will be published here when available

Press releases from the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga (Irish Language Commissioner)

Click on the boxes below to see examples of best practice in the implementation of direct duties.

Direct Duties

*University College Dublin - Irish Language Scheme

University College Dublin has prepared its 2nd language scheme under article 11 of the Official Languages Act 2003. The purpose of the act is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish. We appreciate the submissions which were forwarded for consideration. UCD's 2nd language scheme, 2021-2024, will be visible below further to its approval by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Members of the UCD Irish Language Scheme Committee 2021 can be viewed here: Coiste Scéim Teanga UCD 2021 


Trimester 1, 2021 Review

Units listed in the 2021-2024 scheme are requested to complete the following survey:

Please contact for further queries.


 * Please note that current language schemes remain in effect until dedtails of the new standardization system under the Official Languages (Ammendment) Act are published.

Click here for the Cumann na nOifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge website, a network of Irish Language Development Officers in the public and civil service on the Island of Ireland.