The Official Languages Act requires the government and public bodies to provide certain services and printed and web-based material, through Irish. This legislation covers 658 public bodies, including the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána.
The position of the Irish language in both An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces is important. Measures are in place under the Official Languages Act to strengthen the position of Irish as an internal working language in Gaeltacht areas, among other Irish-speaking units, in services to the community, and in their symbolic role in national life and on state occasions.
The Irish Language Council of the Army is responsible for promoting Irish in the Defence Forces. The Defence Forces are keen to promote the Irish language and it is used in everyday life of the Defence Forces. As part of the Irish Languages Act, the Defence Forces has put together a comprehensive scheme to promote the Irish language within the Organisation and to provide an Irish Language service to the public. This scheme includes the provision of an identical mirror Irish Language website, www.mileata.ie
An Garda Síochána deals with arrested persons, complainants, and witnesses, among others Arrested persons have a legal entitlement to have their business conducted in Irish. A service in Irish will be provided subject to certain provisions.
In Gaeltacht areas, a comprehensive service in Irish is made available to the public subject to certain provisions. Garda personnel already based in Gaeltacht areas are offered an opportunity to obtain the necessary qualifications in Irish.
An Garda Síochána has implemented a recruitment policy which introduced an Irish language stream for applicants with fluency in the Irish language to assist with Irish language requirements in An Garda Síochána. Garda trainees who enter An Garda Síochána through this stream will be in a position to assist with the Irish language requirements as necessary on completion of their probationary period.
Senior roles in the public services require Irish Language skills for promotion
What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?
What types of courses might help?
Where to go for further Information
Irish Language Strategy - Defence Forces - click here
Irish Language Strategy - Gardaí - click here