Wednesday, 26 October 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
121. Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when it is intended to bring regulations under section 9 (1) of the Official Languages Act 2000 into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30712/05]
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): As I have indicated in response to previous questions on this matter, my Department is working, in conjunction with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, on a draft of regulations to be made under section 9(1) of the Official Languages Act 2003, which relate to the use of the Irish language only, or the Irish and English languages together, on oral announcements — whether they be live or recorded — on stationery, signage and on advertisements. In addition, my Department is in consultation with other Departments in preparation for the implementation of these regulations. Significant progress has been made to date and I hope to be in a position to make the regulations in the near future, to come into effect, on a phased basis, in early 2006.
122. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when he will make regulations to the Official Languages Act 2003 to account for public bodies that no longer exist, or new public bodies that have been created since the original legislation was enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30685/05]
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): As I have indicated previously in reply to questions in the House, it is my intention to keep the First Schedule to the Official Languages Act 2003 up-to-date by making regulations from time to time to delete references to public bodies that have ceased to exist and to include new public bodies, as appropriate. My Department is currently working, in conjunction with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, on a draft of such regulations. Final consultations with other Departments on the updating to be made to list of bodies are nearing completion. I expect to be in a position to present a draft of the regulations to the Houses of the Oireachtas for approval in accordance with section 4(3) of the Act in the near future.
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