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Gaeilgeoir protests delay new bus signs

DUBLIN'S real-time bus signs may have to be redesigned after outraged Gaeilgeoiri complained that the signs were not in Irish.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is investigating the lettering on the signs under the Official Languages Act which requires public bodies to put Irish language text first on signage.


Communications manager at the Irish Language Commissioner, Damhnait Ui Mhaolduin confirmed the office was obliged to investigate.

"There are regulations with regard to the use of Irish on the signage of public bodies," he said. It's anticipated that the changes could add more to the cost of the final project as well as delay the launch date.

The NTA had hoped that the electronic signs would be in place in Dublin by the end of the year and expanded to Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford by next year.

A total of 450 are being rolled out across Dublin this month.

The signs are already in place on the Luas light-rail system and DART which enable commuters to get up-to-the-minute bus times from a website or by text.

See Michael O'Doherty, P 27