To whom it may concern:
I’m writing to you with a quick question. Is it true that you have dropped or intend to drop the Irish version of your company name? i.e. drop the Bus Ã?tha Cliath from your logos etc?
It’s just I heard this as a rumour some weeks ago but dismissed as being just that, a rumour. However, I’ve come to notice that any of the new buses or buses with new paint jobs are indeed bereft of the words ‘Bus Ã?tha Cliath’! Was this a commercial decision and if so on what grounds would dropping Irish from your logo etc improve the commercial viability of the company? Or was it simply a decision some bright spark came up with in there to save on paint?
Dublin Bus : Serving the entire community………me hole!
Aonghus from Smaointe FÃ¡nacha Aonghusa has also put his shoulder to the wheel on this issue. He delves deeper into the issue and rightly identified that they as a state body may be in breach of the Official Languages Act, 2003! Wouldn’t that be a kicker!! Anyway, here’s the email Aonghus sent Bus Ã?tha Cliath:
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a regular passenger on your services.
it appears that you are no longer using the name “Bus Ã?tha Cliathâ€? on the livery of your buses, or indeed on your website http://www.dublinbus.ie/.
I note that the links to your sister companies on that site are to “IarnrÃ³d Ã‰ireannâ€? and “Bus Ã‰ireannâ€?.
Since you are subject to the provisions of the Official Languages Act, 2003, you would seem to be in breach of your statutory duties.
“Public bodies have a duty of ensuring, when any information is being provided to the public through the postal system or by electronic means, that such communication is provided in Irish or bilingually. Section 9 (3)â€?
While the regulations regarding signage, notices, stationery headings and oral announcements (live or recorded) have not yet been published, it seems to me that you will be in contravention of the regulations if the current draft regulations come into force substantially unaltered.
is mise le meas
Aonghus Ã“ hAlmhain