New Minister of State for the Gaeltach Joe McHugh who has begun a refresher course in Irish with Liam Ó Cuinneagáin at Oideas Gael in Glencolumbcille in Co Donegal.

After a week of sustained criticism for his lack of Irish, the new Minister of State for the Gaeltach Joe McHugh has begun a refresher course in Irish(...)

 Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin leader addressing the party’s ard fheis in Killarney tonight. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has suggested the Government is creating the kind of society that Margaret Thatcher and the Tories stood for (...)

Newly appointed Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill (left) at an event in Áras an Uachtaráin last week to honour former Coimisinéir, Seán Ó Cuirreáin (right). Mr Ó Domhnaill  today thanked his predecessor, saying he has been “a great source of encouragement”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins today appointed former TG4 journalist Rónán Ó Domhnaill as the new Coimisinéir Teanga. Mr Ó Domhnaill (38) w(...)

President Michael D Higgins  and  former coimisinéir teanga Seán O’Cuirreáin at yesterday’s reception at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins has expressed his dismay and concern at the State’s failure to provide services in Irish for Irish(...)

Irish language commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin speaking to the large crowd of people who came out yesterday to bid him farewell as he was vacating his office near Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The Government’s failure to protect linguistic rights of Irish speakers was denounced in the State’s largest Gaeltacht yesterday, when hundreds of (...)

Anybody who wishes to engage in Irish with the State or any of its agencies or bodies is entitled to do so

Several Irish-language organisations, led by Conradh na Gaeilge, have organised large rallies, including one in Dublin attended by 10,000 peopl(...)

A section of the crowd at Lá Mór na Gaeilge outside Dáil Éireann on Molesworth Street today. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Thousands took to the streets of Dublin city centre this afternoon to protest against the treatment by Governments north and south of Irish-lan(...)

Outgoing Language Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin.

Irish language Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin has said the Irish language is being continuously driven out to the margins of Irish society in a process(...)

Seán Ó Cuirreáin resigned his position amid claims  that the Irish language is being marginalised by the system of public administration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Commisineir Teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin is due before an Oireachtas committee this afternoon where he will face questions surrounding his decision to r(...)

Saturday’s meeting was held in Dublin’s Liberty Hall. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A nationwide campaign to address the Government’s failure to provide ongoing support for the Irish language is due to be launched in the coming weeks.(...)