DIT's Scheme under the Official Languages Act 2003

The Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D requested in February 2009 that the Dublin Institute of Technology draft a scheme in accordance with Section 11 of the Official Languages Act 2003.

The purpose of the language scheme is to increase, over a period of time, the range and standard of services available in Irish from public bodies. The scheme will describe the services which DIT proposes to provide:

  • in Irish only
  • in English only or
  • bilingually.

The scheme will detail statutory commitments regarding the services DIT will provide in Irish or bilingually on a phased basis over the next 3 years. In accordance with the legislation, DIT had a period of 6 months to prepare this draft scheme and present it to the Minister of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs.

As part of the consultation process, DIT sought input from the public and from the Institute's staff and students as to how DIT's service provision in Irish might be increased and improved. A call was put out for submissions on the Institute's scheme and DIT staff and students were asked to complete surveys. The Institute received 15 submissions in total from the public and over 390 staff and students participated in the survey.

DIT would like to sincerely thank all staff, students and members of the public who helped in the drafting of DIT’s first Official Languages Act Scheme.

DIT's Official Languages Act Scheme was approved by the the Minister of State in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D on the 22nd May 2012 and is available to view here:

SCÉIM TEANGA ITBÁC 2012 - 2015: Gaeilge


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