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Official Languages Act

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The Official Languages Act 2003 is legislation designed to create a space for the Irish language in public affairs. The aim of the Act is to improve the quantity and quality of services provided through Irish by public bodies. The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is specified as a public body under this Act and is obligated to fulfil certain commitments, which are outlined below.

Our Commitments under the Official Languages Act

The Department is committed to the provision of services through Irish and works to ensure full compliance with the legislation of the Official Languages Act. The Department’s current Irish Language Scheme has been developed to strengthen the emphasis given to the Irish language in the daily conduct of the Department’s business, taking account of what is reasonably practicable over the period of the Scheme.

Your Rights under the Act

  • to receive a response in Irish to any correspondence that you send in Irish to the Department (Section 9(2) of the Act)
  • to have certain information and documents made available to you in Irish (Section 9(2) of the Act)
  • to see that the Department is implementing its Language Scheme (Sections 11-18 of the Act)

The Department’s main duties under the Act

  • to ensure stationery, signage and recorded oral announcements are provided in Irish of bilingually
  • to reply in Irish to any correspondence written in Irish
  • to provide any written communication that is intended to give information to the general public, or a certain class of the public, in both official languages
  • to publish certain core documents simultaneously in both official languages
  • to prepare and implement a Language Scheme
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Data Protection

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to carry out our legislative and administrative functions. The Department will treat all information and personal data that you provide as confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection legislation. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law. 

The Department's Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements, which set out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject, are available on the Department’s website.  They are also available in hard copy upon request from the Data Protection Officer, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Newtown Road, Wexford, email