European court docket guidelines Irish language must be included on animal drugs

An Irish language activist says the government should follow the decision of the European Court of Justice and require veterinary instructions in Irish.

The court ruled today that the Ministry of Agriculture should have required bilingual packaging when implementing an EU directive from 2001.

The regulation has since been amended to allow the use of English or Irish – but this will not come into force until the end of the year.

Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, who took up the case, says the decision should now be enforced.

He said, “When companies make bilingual packaging, I don’t see them changing it again.”