An Foras Teanga

An Foras Teanga (the North South Language Body) was set up on 2 December 1999, being one of 6 North/South Implementation Bodies established under the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999.

An Foras Teanga comprises two separate Agencies, i.e.,

  • Foras na Gaeilge, successor to Bord na Gaeilge, with the principal responsibility of promoting the Irish language in every aspect of everyday life throughout the island of Ireland, and
  • The Ulster-Scots Agency (Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch), with the principal responsibility of promoting the Ulster-Scots language and culture, both within Northern Ireland and throughout the island of Ireland.

An Foras Teanga is accountable to the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) and to the Ministers in the Sponsor Departments, i.e., this Department and the Department for Communities (DfC) in Northern Ireland.


The British-Irish Agreement Act 1999 (Number 1 of 1999) is the legislative basis for the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies, including An Foras Teanga. This primary legislation can be accessed at the following link along with subsequent primary and secondary legislation:





Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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