In common with many other countries, Ireland has two official languages and contributions in both languages are reported in the Official Report.
Unlike some other countries, such as Canada, the Debates Office does not produce two versions of the debate but rather it reports the speakers in whatever language they use. Throughout the history of the Oireachtas, debates in the Irish language have tended to fall into two broad categories. From the very beginning, Irish has been used during solemn occasions to underline their significance. In this way, the business of the early sittings of both the First and Second Dáileanna was conducted mainly in Irish.