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The Irish Language

The Irish language is a vital and living part of our culture. It is used on a daily basis by many people throughout Ireland, and remains a living community language in many Gaeltacht areas. 

Increasing the use and knowledge of Irish as a community language, and ensuring that as many citizens as possible are bilingual in both Irish and English are objectives of Government policy.

We recognise the role this Department has in helping realise this objective, in particular by ensuring that in public services the use of Irish or English will be, as far as practical, a choice for the citizen to make.