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:

  1. Through provisions of the Act which are applicable to all public bodies under the Act;
  2. 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;
  3. 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 Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to review and prepare a second draft Irish language Scheme under Section 15 of the Official Languages Act 2003. The aim of this second Scheme is to further develop the use of the Irish language throughout the NTMA 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 commenced on 1 June 2021 and shall remain in force for a period of 3 years.

Please click the link below to read the scheme.