[lg policy] Irish Language Policy: Official Languages Scheme: 2009 - 2012

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 14 22:15:00 UTC 2010

  Irish Language Policy Official Languages Scheme: 2009 - 2012

This scheme was prepared in accordance with the Guidelines under Section 12
of the Official Languages Act 2003.  It came into force on 21 December 2009.

In preparing the scheme, the Department published a notice inviting
submissions from any interested parties in relation to the preparation of
the draft scheme.  The submissions received are available below, and were
taken into account in drawing up the scheme. Members of the Department's
staff were also consulted and their views and suggestions have also informed
the scheme.

In addition, as part of a more general evaluation of progress in meeting the
commitments in our Customer Charter, the Department undertook a widespread
survey of our customers asking, among other things, whether they had used
Irish in dealing with the Department, how satisfied they were with the
service they received and whether, if offered the same quality of service in
both languages, they would choose Irish. The results of this survey will be
fed into our implementation of this scheme.
The Content of the Language Scheme

This scheme builds on the principles of Quality Customer Service, and on the
commitment in the Department's Customer Charter to ensure that customers who
wish to conduct their business through Irish can do so. It sets out the
extent to which services are currently available through Irish, and
identifies areas for future enhancement. It also includes a commitment to
assess on an ongoing basis the level of demand for services through Irish
through annual customer surveys, and to ensure that the Department continues
to meet this demand in a planned, coherent and accessible way.

*Please see below for copies of the scheme and submissions.*

*Copies of our previous scheme from 2005 are also below, as are the
submissions received in relation to that scheme.*
Policy on Publication in Irish and English

In accordance with the Official Languages Act, the following documents are
published in both Irish and English simultaneously:

   - Any document setting out public policy proposals
   - Any annual report
   - Any audited account or financial statement
   - Any statement of strategy required to be prepared under section 5 of
   the Public Service Management Act 1997

In addition, in order to recognise the spirit of the Act, and in line with
our commitment to Quality Customer Service, we publish a range of other
documents in each of the official languages - e.g.:

   - Customer Charter
   - Link Newsletter
   - An Bhratach Náisiúnta (The National Flag)
   - Cabinet Handbook
   - Department of the Taoiseach Staff Handbook
   - The Guide to Government Buildings
   - Section 15 & 16 Reference Book (under the Freedom of Information Acts)
   - Public consultation documents
   - Commemorative booklets

Documents which do not set out public policy proposals, have limited
circulation, and are aimed at specialist groups, are published in English
only at present. Speeches are published on the website in the language in
which they were given.

It is our policy that the text and graphics are available in both languages
on the main pages of the Department's websites.

Contact details of personnel providing an Irish language

Any comments or queries should be sent to gaeilge at taoiseach.ie

Linked Files:

   - [image: Download the pdf version of this document]  Official Languages
   Scheme 2009 -2012.pdf<http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Department_of_the_Taoiseach/Irish_Language_Policy/Official_Languages_Scheme_2009_-2012.pdf>(116
   - [image: Download the rtf version of this document]  Official Languages
   Scheme 2009 -
   - [image: Download the pdf version of this document]  Submissions
   received in respect of the Scheme
   - [image: Download the rtf version of this document]  Submissions
   received in respect of Scheme

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