Taoiseach Enda Kenny: launched the first policy in the history of the State dedicated to education in Gaeltacht areas. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Policy aims to support Irish as a living indigenous language in Gaeltacht areas

Susi was previously the subject of widespread criticism after the system experienced significant problems and delays in its first year of operation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Third-level award body to grant €370 million to meet fees and maintenance costs this year

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is to decide on the patronage for nine new post-primary schools due to open by September 2018. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Move does not cater to demand for education through Irish, warns Gaelscoil advocate

Students Lucy Mangan (left) and  Clara Hickey both from DCU at Wednesday’s protest. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Demonstrators warn of impact income contingent loans would have on young people

Minister for Mental Health Helen McEntee and Clive Byrne, Director of the NAPD, with 5th year students (from left, Lisa Hamilton, Angelika McDermott and Megan Brodie) in Eureka Girls Secondary school in Kells. Photograph: Maxwells

One in five students experience cyberbullying while 40 per cent are aware of mental health issues among fellow students

Cormac Ó Bruic, photographed at RTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta’s Baile na nGall studio on Thursday. Photograph: RnaG

Cormac Ó Bruic left his job after disagreement with publican over speaking Irish

The Flying Enterprise pub in Cork where Cormac O Bruic claims he was sacked for speaking Irish.  Photograph: Google.

The Flying Enterprise in Cork city says English ‘most sensible’ language to speak at work

The site, which is also associated with the pagan Lughnasa Solstice festivals, features a holy well and a Mass Rock. Above: Rural landscape in Connemara  showing the Maumturk mountain range in the distance. Photograph: Michelle McCarron/Getty

Máméan site is also associated with pre-Christian Lughnasa Solstice festivals

Minister for Education Richard Bruton did not see “any basis” for overturning the original decision to refuse the Gaelscoil application. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Campaigners say decision ‘highlights the flaws’ of inequitable selection criteria

Minister for Education Richard Bruton Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Announcement follows publication of Cassells report on future funding for third-level

Newly-elected USI president Annie Hoey said: “Free education is absolutely vital for intellectual progression, personal growth and career development.” Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Union welcomes inclusion of free education option in long-awaited Cassells report

Irelan’d MEPs might soon have the opportunity to conduct their parliamentary business through Irish as a result of Brexit.  Photograph: Getty Images

‘Any change to EU language regime subject to vote of the Council,’ says Commission

President Michael D Higgins said Ireland had a lot to learn from other countries about the provision of State services in a minority language. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Obstacles to establishment of Irish-medium schools raised with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage (left) posing for a photograph with a supporter in Clacton-on-Sea, south east England, while on the referendum  campaign trail. Photograph: Justin Tallis/Getty Images

Ratings agency downgrades outlook on UK sovereign rating to ‘negative’ after EU vote

An alliance of language groups from across Britain and Ireland, backed by the European Language Equality Network (ELEN), have called for a Remain vote. Photograph: Diane MacDonald/Getty Images

Language groups warn referendum result could be ‘disastrous’ for minority languages

Karolina Ó Beacháin Stefanczak and Donnacha Ó Beacháin with their three-year-old daughter Gaia Ní Bheacháin whom they want to send to gaelscoil

Reversal sought on rejection of first non-denominational gaelscoil in north Dublin area

Leaving Certificate students at St MacDara’s Community College in Templeogue look over the Higher Level Engineering paper. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

Students at MacDara Community College react to Leaving Cert Engineering exam

Jaideep Singh: said he felt he did “pretty well” in his first exam and was “pretty happy” with the paper.

Students at O’Connells CBS happy with Ordinary and Honours level English papers

Wrestler joins rest of country in wishing students well in State examinations

The number of students sitting the exam at higher level is set to jump further next year, when students now getting an E grade at higher level will receive equivalent CAO points as a grade C at ordinary level. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some 35 per cent intend to sit exam which attracts bonus points

Al “Blue” Lewis at full stretch on the canvas after taking a thunderous left to the jaw from Muhammad Ali in the fifth round of their fight at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

Boxing champion made several visits stealing the headlines along with the heart of the nation

Conradh na Gaeilge president Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill pointed out that the British government had pledged to implement an Irish language strategy as part of the 2006 St Andrew’s Agreement.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Conradh na Gaeilge seeking implementation of language strategy under 2006 St Andrew’s Agreement

 Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in  central Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

Suicide blast at popular shopping district leaves at least four dead and 36 injured

Handy seanfhocail to pass comment without anyone knowing what you mean

Vincent Ryan died after he was shot while sitting in a car on McKee Road, Finglas. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Vincent Ryan (25) was shot dead while sitting in a car in Finglas when ambushed

Morrissey is said to be considering standing in the London mayoral election.

Singer asked to run in next election by animal rights organisation, website claims

 Micheal Martin at the launch of the Fianna Fail general election manifestoPhotograph: Lensmen/PA Wire

Reference to student lending agency omitted from newly-published election manifesto

The USI has called for the introduction of laws that ensure access to abortion. Archive photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union of Students in Ireland is seeking a poll on repealing the eighth amendment

In recent years postgraduate qualifications have become an increasingly standard entry route for many careers. Photograph: Getty Images

Key advice on funding and course choice will be made available to prospective students

Students not registered to vote can fill out RFA2 form for inclusion on register of electors

The university will also host a live post-debate analysis show capturing commentator’s reactions which will be broadcast from campus directly after the debate. Photograph: Press 22

Students hoping to be in audience for first RTE leaders debate outside Dublin likely to be disappointed

Some 30,000 ‘Say Something’ cards  will be delivered to students’ unions across the country over the coming weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Initiative follows TCD move to introduce compulsory classes on sexual consent

Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

Students’ union initiative follows similar moves in Oxford and Cambridge universities

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s highest ranking educational institution, reaching 40th position in the list.

All seven of Ireland’s universities make top 150 in ‘Times Higher Education’ rankings

Protestors occupying historical buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Activists are occupying the site of proposed Easter Rising Interpretive Centre in Dublin

Spokesman for the Save Moore Street group Damien Farrell.

Department claims buildings at centre of controversy were ‘in ruins’ prior to Rising

Geoff Meagher, national president of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), said the organisation is seeing an “alarming level” of calls despite the recent improvement in the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ivan Cooper from The Wheel says economic recovery is yet to reach social services

The incident was referred to GSOC under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which is normal procedure when a death or serious harm has occurred following Garda contact.

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission opens investigation into early morning Dublin crash

Shane and Niall Murphy from Ballinteer jumping in support of Aquired Brain Injury Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Warning issued outlining dangers posed by full moon to tidal waters and rip currents

The drugs were seized at Dublin Port as part of an intelligence-led joint operation between officers of the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau of An Garda Siochana. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Arrest made after cocaine seized in planned garda and customs operation at Dublin Port

Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he leads the midnight Christmas Mass in Saint Peters Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Pope says society drunk with consumerism, appearances and extravagance

The army was deployed to assist those affected in the Ballybofey area of Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Kerry, Mayo and Cork among places hardest hit by flooding

Members of the fire service bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Severe flooding in Crossmolina; Bandon on flood alert; ESB Networks says 1,700 homes without power

The winning students visited Dublin City Hall on Wednesday where they were presented with a gold medal by summit patron President Michael D Higgins.  The medal, which features Irish designer, artist and architect Eileen Gray, was awarded to the overall winner in each of the competition’s 25 categories. Photograph: Lucy Nuzum

This year’s programme brought 150 high achievers together for 4-day Dublin summit

The entrance to the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council Ballyogan Depot car park, on the Ballyogan Road, where a temporary halting site for the survivors of the Carrickmines fire is being set up. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Travellers rehoused in car park after residents blocked access to Rockville Drive site

Clocks were turned back by  one hour this morning, Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

If you forgot to set your watch before going to bed then relax and enjoy the extra hour

Over 4,000 people from 47 countries submitted jokes in a competition ahead of Pope Francis’ US visit last month. Photograph: Screengrab/jokewiththepope.org

US rabbi appointed comedic advisor to Pope Francis after winning online competition

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton pictured last week.  Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says he sees no reason to change mind on date

Massive Attack

European tour announcement timed to coincide with news of new music release

Pope Francis looks at the Statue of Liberty during his US trip. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

Speculation mounts that visit will coincide with 2018 ‘World Meeting of Families’ event

Joan Collins TD: Due in court in November. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin South Central TD says charges an attempt to break water charges movement

The remains of Commandant Thomas Kent before the remains are carried into St. Nicholas’ church, Castlelyons, Co Cork by Defence Forces Pall Bearers followed by Nora Riordan (grand niece), Kathleen Kent (niece), Prudence Riordan (niece) and Michael Riordan (grand nephew) during the reinternment state funeral.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Funeral ‘writes the final chapter in a long ordeal for the Kent family’

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald said  refugees would start arriving in groups of 50 or 100 within weeks, with more coming before the end of the year. Photograph: Merrion Street

Burton says total will be ‘signficantly higher’ as family members join under reunification rules

Jamaican ska and reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez photographed in Paris in 1980. Photograph: Chalkie Davies/Getty Images

Tributes paid to prolific ska and reggae trombonist Emmanuel ‘Rico’ Rodriguez

Jake Hanrahan, Mohammed Ismael Rasool   and Philip Pendlebury have reportedly been moved to a high-security prison.

Rights groups condemn terrorism charges lodged against three Vice News reporters

Claudine and Isabelle Van Den Bergh from Sutton are part of the Paris theatre’s chorus of high-kicking dancers

Google’s new parent does have its own website address however and it can be found at abc.xyz.

Man of letters shifts focus to numbers as he looks to cash in on Google name change

This  satellite image shows the far side of the moon as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft and Earth. Photograph: Nasa

Images shows the fully illuminated dark side of the moon that is never visible from Earth

Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach appointed non-Irish speaker partly because he’d ‘been around for a while’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: criticised over comments he made about the use of Irish in Gaeltacht areas. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach’s claim that Irish is increasing in Gaeltacht areas disputed by language group

Vice president Dick Cheney watches television reports in Washington in the hours following the September 11th attacks. Photograph: US National Archives

Photographs show George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice reacting to September 11th 2001 attacks

Tunisia victims (left to right): 16-year-old survivor, Owen Richards, his uncle Adrian Evans, grandfather Patrick Evans and brother Joel Richards.

Joel Richards described by James Connolly’s GFC as an ‘exceptionally talented footballer’

Nell Ní Shé, Caoimhe Ní Dhubhain, Orla Ní Dhubhain and Marta Ní Loinsigh welcoming guests to the official opening of the new €3.5 million Irish language and enterprise development centre. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Over 2,500 students to attend courses at centre worth €7 million to local economy

Thousands celebrate Gay Pride just weeks after Ireland voted for same-sex marriage

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister Charlie Flanagan says British commitments on independent inquiry ‘should be honoured’

US singer and actress Courtney Love. Photograph: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

US singer calls on US to ban all travel to France after she is caught up in taxi protest

Luxury car maker Lexus has released footage of the ‘Slide’ hoverboard. Photograph: Lexus International

Footage does not show device in operation but claims ‘amazing frictionless movement’

Professor Simon Fishel, president of the Care fertility group, said: “This case is important and highlights a future direction of human reproductive technologies. Photograph: Getty Images

Pioneering procedure saw ovarian tissue removed and frozen following a childhood illness

One drawing features a wheel that may have been used to teach multiplication tables. Photograph: Oklahoma City Public Schools

Sketchings dating from 1917 feature colourful drawings, math tables and history lessons

The automated red light camera system is designed to minimise collisions and it will monitor traffic at the junction of Blackhall Place and the Luas Red Line. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Drivers who break red light at junction will automatically receive three penalty points

Foo Fighters front-man Dave Grohl. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

US rockers joined on bill by Irish acts Ash, Hozier and main support, The Kaiser Chiefs

Daily speakers of Irish have fallen below a 67 per cent tipping point in 134 out of 155 electoral areas in the Gaeltacht, according to the report.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Report says Irish unlikely to be majority language in Gaeltacht areas in 10 years

Drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, also known by his stage name Panti, cheers with other supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/ Getty Images

Yes vote confirmed at 62% against 38% for No side with a turnout of more than 60%

A helicopter belonging to the Indian Air Force  unloads relief material for earthquake victims in Pokhara on May 4th 2015. Photograph: Indian Air Force

Eyewitness Dee Ambrose describes when powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit

The Splendida Cruise Ship is the largest ship ever to visit Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Splendida docks with more than 4,600 passengers and crew on board

Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.  Mr Clegg announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats after a dismal election performance. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Clegg, Farage and Miliband resign after surprise Tory rout sees Cameron claim victory

TÁ Comhionannas, the Irish Language group supporting Yes Equality, today launched its campaign for a YES vote in the upcoming Marrriage Equality Referundum. Pat Carey is pictured at the launch. Photograph:  Iain White

Campaign aims to secure a Yes vote from the Irish-speaking public in the May 22nd vote

Members of  SIPTU and NBRU unions at at Phibsboro Depot. Siptu said the drivers regretted any inconvenience caused to commuters but insisted the strike needed to go ahead. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some 150 buses out of commission in Cork as drivers picket Capwell garage

NBRU and Siptu members protest outside the Dublin Bus depot in Summerhill this morning. A picket was placed on the depot at 4am where some 240 drivers work. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí/The Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of people affected by 48-hour strike action across country

SBS sport reporter Scott McIntyre has been fired for posting ‘disrespectful’ tweets about Anzacs on Anzac Day. Photograph: Twitter

Communications minister denies influencing SBS decision to fire Scott McIntyre

British actress Joan Collins (left) has clarified that she is not the same Joan Collins (right) that was arrested at a protest over water meters in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Collins

United Left TD responds saying she would never take an honour from a monarch

Fine Gael TD for Sligo-North Leitrim John Perry: statement  issued after it was reported his wife began working for him as parliamentary assistant in January 2015.

Former FG minister says his wife will step down from role on his political staff next month

Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Gothenburg. Police believe the attack may have been gang-related. Photograph: Njorn Larsson/AFP/Getty Images

Police say no indication attack in Sweden’s second largest city was terror-related

FR6874 returned safely to Barcelona airport after changing course over Mediterranean

‘Spúinse as Uisce’ the first film to be released in Irish and English by a Hollywood company

Octopuses are known as dextrous creatures but are rarely seen on land. Above, Frieda, a young female octopus  opens a jar, which contains her favourite seafood snacks of shrimps, crabs and clams  in Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo. Photograph: Alexandra Winkler/Reuters

Dramatic YouTube footage shows octopus seize crab on land before returning to water

 Malcolm Rifkind, who said he is to step down as an MP at the upcoming British general election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former foreign secretaries under pressure following undercover ‘dispatches’ sting

The Millward Brown poll  found that 70 per cent of those surveyed in the South and  54 per cent  in the North favour services in Irish being provided to those who wish to avail of them. Photograph: Getty Images

Nationwide Millward Brown opinion poll measured attitudes towards Irish language

The fuselage of a TransAsia Airways passenger plane being lifted out of the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, 4th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/Military News Agency/Handout

Last communication from TransAsia Airways flight was ‘Mayday, Mayday, engine flameout’

James Robertson (56) walks about 4 hours in the morning and up to 6 hours on the way home every night he works. Image: Screenshot from gofundme website.

James Robertson (56) can’t afford to buy and maintain a car on his wage of $10.55 an hour

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro and president of Cuba’s University Students Federation (FEU) Randy Perdomo look at a newspaper during a meeting in Havana in this picture provided by Cubadebate. Photograph: Cubadebate/Reuters

State media publishes photos in apparent attempt to quell rumours of poor health

The Government has said the use of  airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority by two Russian bomber jets on Wednesday is unacceptable. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Aircraft entered Irish Aviation Authority air traffic control area off the west coast

Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín also announced that a consultation on proposals for an Irish Language Bill will begin in February. Above:  the Carson Statue at Stormont. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Plan includes repeal of 1737 Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland)

Ruth Coppinger TD, Paul Murphy TD (centre) and Joe Higgins TD (right), at a press conference held by the We Won’t Pay campaign, in Dublin in November. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Socialist Party deputy ‘maliciously represented’ by some sections of the media

The photograph, issued this week, was taken using a special mount allows the use of standard cameras to take sharper pictures of Earth at speed. Photograph: ESA/Nasa

Astronaut takes crystal clear photo of phenomenon while traveling at 28, 800 km/h

President  Michael D Higgins was heckled during a school visit in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Derek Byrne refuses to apologise and withdraw his use of the word ‘parasite’

Fine Gael TD  Michelle Mulherin: The Mayo TD repaid  €2,000 spent on phone calls made  to Kenya from Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD confirmed she repaid €2,000 cost of calls made from Leinster House to Kenya

Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga (aka Doro Gowon) in north-eastern Nigeria taken on 2 Jan 2015. The image shows an example of the densely packed structures and tree cover. Photograph: Amnesty International

Images provide ‘indisputable and shocking evidence’ of attacks in which thousands may have died

Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill (left) at an event in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2014   with former Coimisinéir, Seán Ó Cuirreáin (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coimisinéir Teanga resigned amid claims Irish was being driven to the margins

Kevin Spacey, winner of Best Actor in a Television Series -  Drama for ‘House of Cards,’ poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

More underhand political dealings and intrigue lie ahead in season three of TV drama

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