Written Answers - Irish Language.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 633 No. 1

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  163.  Mr. O’Shea  Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   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): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál 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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