The second language scheme of the Central Statistics Office came into effect on 8th April 2019. It will last for a period of three years from that date, or until a scheme is approved to succeed it, whichever is the latest.
This scheme lays out the current services available in Irish, in English and bilingually from the CSO. In addition, details are provided on the measures to be taken over a three-year period to build on service provision and to meet the needs of survey respondents, other customers and the wider public.
The CSO and other public bodies have direct responsibilities regarding activities in Irish and in English under the Official Languages Act, 2003. Also, public bodies are required to prepare language schemes periodically under the Act.
The Coimisinéir Teanga is the monitoring authority for compliance with provisions of the Act and language schemes. For further information about language rights of the public, language obligations of public bodies and the functions of the Coimisinéir see www.coimisineir.ie