Official Languages (Amendment) Act 2021

The Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019 was enacted on 22 December 2021. A copy of the new Act is available here.

The provisions in the new legislation include:

The new provisions will be implemented over a period of time.

We are currently reviewing our website to take into account the amendments to the legislation arising from the new Act. We hope to conclude this review early in the New Year. In the interim, if you have any question in respect of any specific provision of the new Act, we can be contacted at or by phone at 091-504006.



Section 32 of the Act provides that the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht  issue placenames orders declaring the Irish versions of placenames.

Where a Placenames Order is in force, a public body is, after certain dates, required, under the Regulations made under Section 9(1) of the Act, to use the Irish version of the placename specified in the Order, in the following cases:

Gaeltacht Placenames

It is essential to use the Irish version of the Gaeltacht placename as specified in the Placenames Order in the following cases:

Further information on placenames are available on

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