Marty Walsh has dual US and Irish citizenship and grew up in a household in Boston where Irish was spoken. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times 2:26

A beaming Marty Walsh declared “Tá mé go maith” at Shannon airport this morning as he was given a rapturous welcome on his first visit to Ireland as m(...)

The Minister’s plan to get Éamon Ó Cuív on board didn’t succeed. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Something interesting has happened out west. For the best part of two years Bord Iascaigh Mhara has been trying to reboot the the Irish salmon farming(...)

Farming orgaisations welcomed Phil Hogan’s appointment as agriculture commissioner while Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív urged him to tackle the current beef crisis.

There was universal welcome from farm organisations and farming figures for Phil Hogan’s appointment as EU commissioner for agriculture and rural affa(...)

The mantle of 1916

If ifs and ands were pots and pans . . . the debate initiated by former taoiseach John Bruton about the historical necessity for the Rising, and respo(...)

Rhoda Twombly: ‘It is vital that the level of healthcare on the islands is not only maintained but, in cases where there have been reductions in the numbre there have been reductions in the number of nurses employed and the hours that they work, restored to previous levels.’

When Sarah Walsh prepares her bag for maternity hospital in a few days’ time, she won’t be as obsessed with weather forecasts as she was when approach(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton’s belief that Britain would have ceded independence to Ireland without an armed struggle has been described as “delusi(...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

“Mickeys missing!” shouted Enda, trying to be helpful.We scanned the ranks of the newly promoted Ministers of State arrayed on the steps in front of G(...)

The Taoiseach said Joe McHugh (above) pursuing a language course would allow him to discuss the issues which mattered with Éamon Ó Cuív on TG4 or any other forum around the country.

The new Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe McHugh is to take a refresher course in the Irish language, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.Mr Kenny(...)

Edward Kilcullen collects seaweed for the Kilcullen Seaweed baths. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

State development company Údarás na Gaeltachta has denied that guaranteed harvesting rights on the west coast were part of a deal to sell its share(...)