Merrion Square – New Wayfinder Signs
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At long last the new wayfinder sign system is being completed.
My understanding is that the plan to introduce new signage to assist visitors to Dublin was delayed because of a row about the prominence of the Irish language.
Late last summer the City Authorities had begun the roll out of the new wayfinder sign system but had to postpone the project because of a formal complaint that was made to the Irish Language Commissioner. The basis of the complaint was that the signs were deliberately making the English language version more obvious, in direct contravention of legislation. To many people it may seem strange that signage that is mainly aimed at overseas visitors must give at least equal prominence to a language none of them will understand.
Apparently, the commissioner agreed that those signs already manufactured could be used if the council agreed to observe the rules in future.