Official Languages Act
The Official Languages Act 2003 was signed into law on 14th July 2003. This Act provides for the delivery of public services in Irish in three ways:
- Through provisions of the Act which are applicable to all public bodies under the Act;
- Through regulations made by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs which have legislative status and are applicable to all public bodies under the Act;
- Through language schemes which are agreed with individual public bodies regarding the provision of services in Irish.
The NTMA was requested by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to prepare a draft Irish Language Scheme under Section 11 of the Official Languages Act 2003. The aim of the scheme is to develop the use of the Irish language throughout the NTMA, in particular, focusing on areas of communication with the public. The NTMA will create awareness of the content and purpose of the scheme among employees and monitor the demand for Irish language services throughout the course of the scheme. This Scheme has been prepared in accordance with Guidelines issued by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The scheme commences on 24 July 2017 and shall remain in force for a period of 3 years.
Our scheme commits to certain pages of our website to be provided in Irish and these will be available in the coming months along with some additional content.
Please click the link below to read the scheme.