Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
163. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the cost to his Department of implementing the Official Languages Act 2003; the number of documents that were published in both languages in 2006; the number of documents that were published in only one language; the number of documents that were published in both languages, but where the version in the second language was published more than two weeks after the version in the first language was published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8358/07]
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Mr. Martin): The cost of implementing the Official Languages Act 2003 for my Department and its Offices was €156,667 to the end of 2006 for translation and website development.
In 2006 the number of documents published by my Department and its Offices was 26. Of these 14 were published in one language only (English). The number of documents published in both Irish and English was 12 and of these 2 were published more than two weeks after the English version.
My Department is fully committed to the implementation of the Official Languages Act 2003. It is already fulfilling many of the requirements of the 2003 Act, although the Department has not yet been formally notified by the Department of the Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to draw up a Statutory Scheme outlining the Department’s plans for compliance with the Act.
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