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Official Languages Act 2003

The official Languages Act 2003 was signed into law on 14th July 2003.

The Act is the first piece of legislation to provide a statutory framework for the delivery of public services through the Irish Language.

The primary objective of the Act is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish.

The main provisions of the Act, with regard to the Irish language,can be divided into four categories:

1. Specific duties that are provided for in the legislation.

2. Duties that will be specified in Regulations.

3. Duties in relation to "Schemes".

4. Issues concerning Coimisinéir na dTeangacha Oifigúla.











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