I have asked the National Roads Authority (NRA) to pilot scheme of newly-designed road signs that will give the Irish language parity with English on the country’s roads. The newly designed information signs, which will use the test ‘Turas’ typeface and colour differentiation to highlight both languages, are based on recommendations outlined in a study commissioned by Conradh na Gaeilge.
Currently, the ‘Transport Heavy’ alphabet is the prescribed typeface used for directional information signage. While the text and dimensions of this typeface are clearly defined and detailed in Chapter 2 of my Department’s Traffic Signs Manual 2010, clarification is yet to be received from Conradh na Gaeilge in relation to the exact technical details employed in the ‘Turas’ typeface. Although the NRA has identified a number of locations where these newly designed signs might be trialled, the manufacture and erection of such signage is not yet possible until these technical details are provided.