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

Bills & Acts
Communicating with the public
An Caighdeán Oifigiúil - the official standard of the Irish language
Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands

Language scheme

As a designated body under the Official Languages Act 2003, the Houses of the Oireachtas Service has a language scheme which details the services to be provided through the Irish language, through English and bilingually. A new scheme is being drafted and will be published shortly.

Irish language strategy

To mark Bliain na Gaeilge we have developed a strategy to help TDs, Senators and staff engage with the Irish language in a positive and rewarding manner. This strategy runs in parallel with the Houses of the Oireachtas Service Language Scheme.

An Caighdeán Oifigiúil - the official standard of the Irish language

An Caighdeán Oifigiúil is the official standard for writing in the Irish language. It is prepared by the Houses of the Oireachtas Translation Section, Rannóg an Aistriúcháin. You can read the latest edition here.

Statutory position of the Irish language

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


Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

The Houses of the Oireachtas marked Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 with a lecture in Leinster House on 5 March by Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh. The lecture looked at the establishment of Dáil Éireann in 1919 and the foundation of the democratic State in Ireland.

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Cuan Ó Seireadáin

Our Seachtain na Gaeilge events continued on 12 March when Cuan Ó Seireadáin looked at the importance of 6 Harcourt Street in the first meetings of Dáil Éireann in 1919. Cuan Ó Seireadáin is curator with Conradh na Gaeilge and chairman of Raidió na Life.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018

On 6 March 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas marked Seachtain na Gaeilge with a special lecture by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The former Minister and European Commissioner spoke about the importance of our national language to her and in her work and about her life and career in Irish and European politics.

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Contact the Translation Section

Rannóg an Aistriúcháin
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

(01) 618 3922