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Ireland: resources

Information about the ECML

ECML information brochure: English - French


Compendium on cultural policies and 

trends in Europe

Initiated by the Council of Europe and the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts) the Compendium is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies in Europe. Information is provided for 42 countries – Quick Facts, Cultural Policy Profiles, Compendium Grid in 26 national languages, Profiles of National Experts.
Transversal themes focus on Cultural access & participation, Cultural rights and ethics, Cultural diversity, Intercultural dialogue (including the Intercultural Cities Index), Status of artists, International cultural co-operation and mobility.
Two sections provide reports on national language issues and policies (section 4.2.5) and national language laws (section 5.1.9).


ECML publications

We have a limited number of ECML Publications available. Please do not hesitate to contact us at languages@leargas.ie to see if we have your required publication in stock.

Language education policy profile

  • Language education policy profile – Ireland, Country report, Department of Education and Science of Ireland, 2005-2006.
    Final version: English - Irish
  • In 2006, the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies held a conference to discuss the need for and role of language policy in Ireland. A summary of the proceedings and recommendations can be found here.

National European Language Portfolios

The following versions of the European Language Portfolio have been prepared for Ireland:

European Language Label

Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative

The Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative (MLPSI) published its Final Report in June 2012. This report details the work of the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative including its forerunner, the Pilot Project for Modern Languages in Primary Schools (1998-2001).  The initiative has been ended as a result of budgetary decisions announced in December 2011. It was deemed appropriate to compile a final report to reflect the many aspects of the work of the MLPSI and its impact on language provision at primary level in Ireland. 

Educational press


National newspapers (education sections)

Institutions and associations


Celebrating the European Day of Languages in Ireland

2011 report
2013 report

Eurypedia – the  European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems

Eurydice has launched Eurypedia – the  European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems. This online resource presents the education system organisation and recent reforms in Europe. Eurypedia contains more than 5000 articles and covers 38 school and university systems within the 33 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (all 27 EU Member States as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey). All Eurypedia content is available in English and, where applicable, in the language of the country, and is organised by topic and country.

•    Information relating to Ireland


Euromosaic study: Support from the European Commission for measures to promote and safeguard regional or minority languages and cultures.

National relay for the European Day of Language (EDL)

The function of a national EDL Relay is to act as a multiplier for organisations, schools and associations, circulating:

  • information communicated by the Council of Europe (for example the press release of the Council on the Day, which the Relays are invited to translate into national/local languages, updates on the website);
  • promotional materials - posters, stickers etc. provided by the Council of Europe every year in significant quantities for event organisers.

Ireland and the Council of Europe in brief

Available in English - French - GermanItalian - Russian