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Language Rights Charter

Ten basic rights accorded in law to Irish speakers in dealing with state organisations were published as the country's first Language Rights Charter by the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga in advance of the full implementation of the provisions of the Official Languages Act on Friday, the 14th July 2006.

The charter outlines language rights such as the use of Irish in court proceedings and documentation, in the Houses of the Oireachtas, in correspondence, and in specific key documents and mail shots issued by state organisations.

Copies of the charter have been distributed to all state bodies, schools, libraries and other public buildings as part of a campaign to increase awareness of language rights and to create further opportunities for the use of Irish in the public affairs of the country.

For further information on the Language Rights Charter and The Official Languages Act 2003, see or e-mail

 Language Rights Charter