Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has introduced a Plain Language Bill in the Dáil on Thursday 31 January 2019. Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has also introduced a Plain Language Bill in the Seanad. Both parties have been working with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to develop the Plain Language Bill.
The Plain Language Bill aims to ensure that all information for the public from Government and State bodies is written and presented in plain language.
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said that while some government forms are already in accessible language “it’s clear we need a universal standard across all Departments”.
Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that given one in six of the adult population has very low literacy levels “the State must work harder to make all public services accessible.”
All public information such as letters, forms and documents produced by Government and State agencies will be required to be written in plain language under the proposed new laws.
Michael Power (55), a former literacy student from Tipperary, said the proposed Plain Language Bill is a “brilliant opportunity” and that he hopes it goes further and “changes people’s lives”.