The Irish language can be heard daily in the Dáil and Seanad Chambers and around the Houses by Members, staff and visitors.

The services we provide through the Irish language, through English and bilingually are detailed in our Language Scheme and Irish Language Strategy.

Bills & Acts
Debates
Communicating with the public
Rannóg an Aistriúcháin / Translation Section
An Caighdeán Oifigiúil - the official standard of the Irish language
Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands
Useful phrases in Irish

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Useful phrases in Irish

TDs and Senators: would you like to use more Irish in your speeches in the Houses? See our list of useful phrases in Irish.

Dáil Éireann: What’s in the name?

South Dublin Libraries; Capuchin Archive

Dáil Éireann: What’s in the name?

The nomenclature of our national parliament is unique to Ireland. What are the origins of words such as “Oireachtas”, “Dáil” and “Teachta Dála”?

Irish in the First Dail

Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Irish in the First Dail

Foreign journalists present at the sitting of the First Dáil on 21 January 1919 were baffled by the fact that the proceedings were carried out through Irish. The newly created TDs were anxious to demonstrate the existence of a unique Irish language.

Statutory position of the Irish language

Constitution of Ireland
The Official Languages Act 2003
An Coimisinéir Teanga
The European Union

Video

Seachtain na Gaeilge lecture

The Houses of the Oireachtas marks Seachtain na Gaeilge each year with a lecture in Leinster House. On 12 March 2019, Cuan Ó Seireadáin looked at the importance of 6 Harcourt Street in the first meetings of Dáil Éireann in 1919.

Previous speakers have included Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh and former Minister and European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

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Contact Rannóg an Aistriúcháin | The Translation Section

Rannóg an Aistriúcháin
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

(01) 618 3922

rannog@oireachtas.ie