Local Government Act 2001

Irish language and local authorities.


68.—(1) A local authority may, in performing its functions, take such steps as it considers appropriate to encourage the use of the Irish language.

(2)(a) The Minister shall in accordance with this section issue, or arrange for the issue, to local authorities of guidelines, codes of practice or other guidance as regards the use of the Irish language in local government either generally or in respect of aspects of local authority functions.

(b) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), such guidance may deal with the use of the Irish language by local authorities in relation to—

(i) correspondence with members of the public, including written, oral, telephone and electronic communications;

(ii) stationery, advertisements, notices or other official documents;

(iii) the provision of services in the Gaeltacht;

(iv) the provision of, or access to, suitable training for employees;

(v) the promotion generally of the Irish language.

(3) A local authority shall have regard to such guidance in the performance of its functions.

(4)(a) For the purposes of this section the Minister may from time to time appoint an advisory group to be known by such name as may be designated by him or her.

(b) An advisory group appointed under this section shall include—

(i) at least one person who is a member of a local authority;

(ii) at least one person who is a F95[chief executive] or other employee of a local authority;

(iii) at least one person who is an officer of the Minister; and

(iv) at least 2 persons from organisations concerned with the promotion of the Irish language.




Substituted (1.06.2014) by Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), s. 5(1) and sch. 1 part 1 ref. 53, S.I. No. 214 of 2014.