Plain English Awards 2015, sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran

We are asking you, whether you are a member of an organisation or an interested member of the public, to send us documents, pictures or websites that you think are outstanding examples of plain English – or of gobbledygook! The deadline to send submissions is 14 August.

This event is kindly sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.
A panel of plain English experts will judge the entries and decide on the winners in each category.


Plain English please! Cut out the jargon – Infographic

Plain English cuts out the jargon and enables people to understand information clearly. It is an important approach for those people dealing with members of the public – the Government, doctors, lawyers and many more professionals. In this infographic, find out about the plain English movement around the world as well as about the many benefits of using plain English.

Plain English Infographic

New training dates

Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm  


  • Wed 11 March
  • Wed 10 June
  • Wed 14 October

Cost: €120 per person (€100 per person for community and voluntary organisations). Payment must be paid in advance.

Location: Dublin

  • Do you want to ensure that you are communicating as clearly and effectively as possible?
  • Are you sometimes frustrated answering the same questions because the information to customers is not clear enough?
  • Do you find it difficult to develop clear reports, policies, promotional, training or web materials?
  • Do you want to get quality training in how best to communicate, provided by leaders in plain English editing and training?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this one-day training course is for you. Book your place for this course online at (click on upcoming events tab)

If you have queries, please contact Sandra Peel on (01) 412 7900 or email Claire O’Riordan at

Plain English Campaign and free plain English training

How your organisation can provide information in plain English.

Monday 22 September

The Winter Room, The Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The National Adult Literacy Agency is launching a campaign to ensure that information for the public is written in plain English. Speakers include Inez Bailey, NALA Director; Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman; and Karen O’Leary, Chief Executive of the National Consumer Agency. We will also provide a training session on how to introduce plain English into your organisation.

At this training you will learn:

  • Why plain English is important for organisations providing information to the public
  • Common and avoidable mistakes in writing

Writing and design tips to make your documents easier to read.

Places are limited so please book early. You can book here.

Plain English Training Day

NALA is running a one-day training programme in Dublin on Wednesday 24 September. This training is practical and will help you communicate more clearly with your intended reader. The day runs from 9.30 am to 3 pm. If you would like to book a place, please contact Claire O’Riordan at

Claire will be happy to mail you further information on our training. Please note that you must pay for the course before you attend. Luckily, it is just €120 per person and (€100 if you are from the community and voluntary sector). We look forward to seeing you! Book early as places are limited.

The Reform Office, NALA and Plain English

This month staff from the Reform Office in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform took part in NALA plain English training. The training focused on the main plain English guidelines (writing concisely, using familiar words and using the active voice). It also focused on a selection of trainees’ own documents. Staff reported that the training was interesting and useful. This training was delivered as part of the Department’s commitment to plain language as outlined in the New Public Sector Reform Plan 2014-2016.