The Minister and the language

A chara, – Aidan Doyle, in his rather downbeat article “Irish language is not a part of us – it must be learned” (July 19th), is quite wrong in implyi(...)

 Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring with  Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe   on Dame Lane, Dublin, during the announcement that Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Dublin’s tourism industry want to give Garth Brooks fans a weekend to remember in July.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There’s a grim summer in prospect for poor Joe McHugh. The new junior minister with responsibility for the Gaeltacht isn’t very good at speaking Ir(...)

Ministers for Silly Hats: Paschal Donohoe and Michael Ring get ready for a hoedown. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Dublin is set to “go country” with a series of events that have been planned to help heal the wounds of disappointed Garth Brooks fans.The country sin(...)

 Ciara O Connor from Gorey, Co Wexford, holding the Aga Khan Trophy at the launch of the Discover Ireland Horse Show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Montana horseman Buck Brannaman, who inspired the main character in Nicholas Evans’s novel The Horse Whisperer and the film of the same name with Rob(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said:  “We have to move on now from the Garth Brooks concerts. We are planning a number of festival events around the days of the concerts.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Tourism will tomorrow announce a series of festival events in Dublin on the dates the Garth Brooks concerts we(...)

Fine Gael Ministers of State:Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Defence: Pa(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton, the new Leader of the Labour Party, has been in discussions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton have completed their first day of negotiations over the future shape of the Coalition and its polici(...)

Old Wesley, one of four rugby clubs to receive the maximum €200,000 grant.

It’s two years since the Government last divvied up in terms of the Sports Capital Programme, where grants are made to sports clubs and local communi(...)

Fine Gael’s performance in the elections won’t have helped Taoiseach Enda kenny’s  mood - although the party’s woes were eclipsed by Labour’s meltdown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

It’s amazing how Enda can remain so good humoured during these stressful times. Things are not going well for him, but he’s always been a glass-half-f(...)

Connacht athletes take part in the parade through Limerick city this evening. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho 0:47

Forget São Paulo, for unforgottable sporting opening ceremonies, Limerick was the place to be tonight as the city opened its arms to welcome Special O(...)