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The aim of the Official Languages Act 2003 is to increase and improve the quantity and quality of services provided for the public through Irish by public bodies. Every public body named under the Act has a duty to prepare a language scheme when requested to do so by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and to implement that statutory scheme.

The scheme describes the services which the public body proposes to provide:

  • in Irish only
  • in English only or
  • bilingually

It is necessary to specify in the scheme the steps which the public body intends to take to provide the stated services in Irish or bilingually.

The Department published its third scheme in October 2016. Following a request from the Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, this Department has recently begun preparing its fourth scheme (2019-2022) and is now inviting submissions from any interested parties in relation to that scheme. Submissions should be sent by email to: gaeilge@education.gov.ie or by post to Corporate Governance, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5p.m on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Further information on the Official Languages Act is available at https://www.chg.gov.ie/ga/home - the website of Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and www.coimisineir.ie - the website of the Office of the Coimisinéir Teanga.