Despite the fact that Irish is the first official language of the Republic according the Constitution of Ireland, and despite the fact that special care is taken to ensure Irish is principally prominent in signs under the Official Languages Act 2003, (Section 9) Regulations 2008, the same regulations specifically exclude road traffic signs.
This means that the text in Irish on the majority of road signs in Ireland is smaller, in italics, less visible and less legible than the English; this inequality suggests that the first official language of the State has a lower status than English. Conradh na Gaeilge commissioned an independent study on dual-language road signs to investigate the issue and Garrett Reil from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) published Ireland's dual-language road signs - Report and Recommendations in October 2008.
Conradh na Gaeilge then met with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the south at the time, Leo Varadkar TD, to discuss dual-language signs.
Conradh na Gaeilge's recommendations were taken on board at this meeting, and a trial-basis implementation of road signs that would give equal status to Irish was discussed.
These signs would be cost neutral as they would only be erected as and when old signs need to be replaced.
Show your support for road signs that give equal status to Irish by sending a message to Minister Shane Ross encouraging these developments. Ní neart go cur le chéile!