Local Councils, Obligations and the Irish Language: A Framework for Compliance

Daniel Holder, Neil Comer

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A report documenting how commitments made by the UK government in relation to the Irish language have been put into practice by councils in Northern Ireland.
Local councils have an important role to play in fulfilling state duties in relation to the Irish language. This is because they have authority over areas such as street signage and community development, are engaged in cultural and heritage development, and can promote languages through their own branding and services. Councils in Northern Ireland also have a duty to promote good relations, including through encouraging cross-community understanding.
Entitled ‘Local Councils, Obligations and The Irish Language: A Framework for Compliance’, our report looks at current practice concerning the Irish language across all 11 council areas in NI. The report includes an implementation framework, setting out in clear terms the actions councils can and should take to fulfil their Irish language obligations. It also features the results of a survey conducted by Conradh na Gaeilge and Ulster University to measure each council’s current level of compliance against the framework.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages60
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Mar 2019


  • Irish language
  • Local Council
  • Place-names
  • Language Rights
  • Irish Language Act
  • Language Legislation


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