Language Scheme / Scéim Teanga

In the preparation of this scheme, due regard has been given to the Guidelines issues by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In addition, there has been a comprehensive process of consultation with relevant stakeholders, whose views and suggestions have informed the scheme.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is guided by the principle that the provision of Irish language services should be based on:

  • the underlying level of demand for specific services in the Irish language,
  • the importance of a proactive approach to the provision of such services, and
  • the resources, including human and financial resources, and the capacity of the body concerned to develop or access the necessary language capability.

This scheme has been formulated with the intention of ensuring that all relevant obligations under the Official Languages Act by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will be fully addressed on an incremental basis, through this and future schemes.

Official Languages Act 2003 Language Scheme 2018 – 2021