An Irish Language Scheme – modelled on the Language Scheme for the public sector provided for in the Official languages Act - will be introduced on a voluntary basis into the private sector. The aim will be to encourage private sector companies who value linguistic diversity in general and the Irish language in particular and wish to be involved in the national programme to deliver quality customer services in both Irish and English. Exemplary initiatives in Irish language support will be publicly acknowledged and celebrated.
Bilingual labelling and packaging
The Government will examine the feasibility of introducing a voluntary code for bilingual labelling and packaging of all goods sold in Ireland. This activity could be used as a mechanism to develop the range of areas available in which people can choose Irish as a language of exchange.
A series of initiatives will be put in place to encourage entrepreneurship and economic activity among the Irish language speaking community on a company, sectoral or local basis. The approach will be threefold:
- Encourage entrepreneurship through training programmes, business incubation, campus companies and the creation of economic networks.
- Support and develop the language economy that can provide the required services to the State and to the EU in areas such as translation, interpretation, language teaching, publishing, language consultancy, project management. Measures will include start-up support, mentoring services, product development, marketing and promotion advice, and management development services.
- Position Ireland as a leader in the provision of technological solutions to providing multilingual services on a cost-effective basis.