Noel McGrath, Caitlín Nic Aoidh and James Patrice at the launch of Seachtain Na Gaeilge le Energia which runs from  March 1st - 17th. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

‘You don’t have to be fluent’ the message of two-week celebration of Irish language

Isabel Cooke speaking during The Irish Times Debate on the subject ‘This House believes that post-Brexit Ireland would be better served by aligning with London rather than with Brussels’ on Monday at Dublin Business School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Times Debate 2017-2018 semi-finalists battle it out for place at finals in Belfast

The next step: applicants who do not process their application in advance of the February 1st deadline can submit a late application at an increased fee. Photograph: iStockphoto

Applicants who do not process their application on time can submit a late application at an increased fee

A still from a TG4 interview with the late Dolores O’Riordan who was a student at Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ where Irish is the medium of instruction.

Over 1,500 hours of news material recorded between 1996-2004 digitally archived in joint TG4/BAI project

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar tweeted his support for the online #TrasnaNadTonnta initiative. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Online drive encourages use of Irish on social media with #TrasnaNadTonnta hashtag

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Joe McHugh Minister of State for the Irish Language, with students from Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail Choir, Movill, Donegal at Government Buildings for the launch of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Varadkar announces extension of celebrations to include Government departments

The band is named after Dúlamán which is the Irish for channelled wrack, a strain of yellow seaweed found on the Irish coast.

Music and dance group to perform as Gaeilge in front of expected 9m TV viewers

College progression rates are lower in more disadvantaged areas of Dublin such as Ballyfermot, Finglas and Clondalkin compared with wealthier parts of the city.

Figures illustrate socio-economic inequality in progression rates to college and university

Latest figures also show the depth of the social divide in Dublin, with pupils in schools in the most affluent areas up to five times more likely to go to third-level than those in the poorest areas.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fee-paying schools account for half of top 20 sending most students to college

The report, published by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung philanthropic group, says Ireland spends the smallest amount of money in the EU on pre-primary education. File photograph: Getty Images

Findings ‘cannot be accepted as an accurate portrayal’, claims Department of Education

Students join 24-hour Irish speaking challenge taking place in 320 schools across Ireland

It is a good idea to ask the same questions during each visit to get as measured an understanding of each institution as is possible. Photograph: iStock

Find out how to make the best use of open days and when you can visit your top choices

The committee proposed  exchange programmes should take place between Gaeltacht and Irish medium schools. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Funding for Irish-language youth groups ‘should match funding for English language groups’

The 1975 arrangement between the State and Bus Éireann has come under international scrutiny in recent years following complaints from the private sector.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus Éireann got more State money for free school buses than it needed in 2010-2014

Pictured at an education innovation conference organised by the Trinity Access 21 project in Google’s EMEA HQ is Stacey Torres with her classmates from Mercy Secondary School Inchicore. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Trinity study highlights importance of roles models in boosting third-level participation

Before you even have a hope of getting an interview, it’s important to have standout CV that sets you apart from all the other applicants. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Today’s job market is very competitive. Here are some key tips and suggestions to help you find success

tudents visiting The Irish Times Higher Options stand in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Representatives of universities and third-level colleges and institutions that cater for all levels are present

A total of 61,654 students who sat the Junior Cycle examinations in June can collect their results from their schools this morning and through the online examination results service on from 4pm. File photograph: Getty Images

Majority of subjects record a drop in the number of As awarded at Higher Level

While this year’s figures show greater participation across most higher level Junior Cert subjects, the number of students getting As is down significantly. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 61,500 candidates sat English under new Junior Cycle reform framework

The Health Service Executive has suggested parents participate in the celebration this year by organising alcohol-free events. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Parents urged to run Junior Cert events to keep students safe from alcohol harm

The Student Hub at the Higher Options conference at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Important for students to prepare before visting expo in order to make the most of the opportunity

Ryan Bell, student of Oatlands College, Stillorgan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ryan Bell should be ‘straight eight’ student once revised results confirmed by SEC

Uninest New Mill in Dublin 8, which opens this month, is an example of the new breed of high-spec student accommodation being built in the capital.

Thousands of purpose-built students beds are coming onstream – for €1,000 or more a month

Students will find out at 6am on Monday whether their application has been succesful when offers are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Irish Times helpdesk available from 9am to answer queries about third-level offers

At the launch of The Irish Times Results Help Desk 2017 from left Brian Mooney , The Irish Times, Brian Howard, guidance counsellor, Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Deirdre Garrett, guidance counsellor and  journalist Éanna Ó Caollaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Times helpdesk available from 9am to answer queries

Nursing: comparatively low starting salaries blamed for drop in applications

Applications for construction-related degrees up in show of confidence in economy

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor called on prospective students who have yet to submit their application, to log on to Susi’s website before Thursday’s deadline. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

All new applications received by Susi before July 13th will be prioritised for processing

TD Joe McHugh said the   Government understood the strong impact the Irish language had on the economy of the Gaeltacht.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There a danger of not enough time to make Irish language and Gaeltacht a priority, Conradh na Gaeilge say

 Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University.

Increase in applications seen since introduction of new undergraduate curriculum

Fianna Fáil spokesman on Education and Skills, Thomas Byrne. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Educationspokesman Thomas Byrne says new higher education super-junior role has ‘led to uncertainty’ in sector

An investigation found that the National University of Ireland, Maynooth had breached statutory language obligations by displaying the name of the public body in English only, along with the University’s crest, on its headed stationery.

NUI Maynooth and Dun Laoghaire council among public bodies to breach language act

Students were asked a question on comparing farm yard manure and slurry as part of Question 3. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

General consensus that higher level paper ‘was very straightforward’

‘Géibheann’, a poem by Co Galway political activist, actor, singer and poet Caitlin Maude featured on the Leaving Cert higher level paper 2 exam.

Students would have had ‘no cause for complaint’ with ‘accessible’ Paper 2

The Maths ordinary level paper 2 was said to be too difficult for some students. Photograph: iStockphoto/The Irish Times

Ordinary level Paper 2 maths ‘a tough paper for kids who find maths difficult’

Both ordinary and higher level Geography papers were well received. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Students happy as wide range of topics covered in both higher and ordinary level examinations

A USI student protest in  Dublin over third-level fees.  The USI remains opposed to the introduction of an income-contingent student loan system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EU students face displacement by ‘more lucrative’ students from outside EU, union says

Dublin singer Imelda May (centre) featured in the Ordinary Level paper. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ordinary Level Irish paper ‘on the whole quite good’ despite error in question 6

Junior Cycle students were asked to identify the new Secretary General of the UN. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Broad concepts of current CSPE syllabus were “well covered” in 2017 paper

The USI is opposed to the introduction of an income-contingent student loan system. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Union leader calls for postponement of decision on funding of higher level education

A  city of some 640,000, Wroclaw is Poland’s fourth largest city. There are currently an estimated 124,000 students attending 26 public and private institutions in the city.

Students open to a challenge can pursue their dreams of becoming doctors and vets with foreign degrees

Bill Gates. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Microsoft co-founder issues career and life advice for people finishing university

Outgoing UL president Prof Don Barry. Photograph: screengrab

Dáil committee questions senior University of Limerick personnel over accounts

Call your kitty into service with the phrase, ‘Mallacht mo chait ort’ – My cat’s curse upon you. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

If your store of swear words as Gaeilge is lacking, try some of these old phrases

Dáire Ó Faogáin from Co Meath, Emma Ní Cheallacháin from Sligo, Síne Nic an Ailí of Conradh na Gaeilge and Ashley Farrell from Co Dublin at the Mythbuster launch in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe

List of ‘alternative facts’ includes claims language is dead and Gaelscoileanna are élitist

UUP’s Mike Nesbitt announces his resignation as party leader at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Unionists lose overall majority in Stormont after high turnout in snap Assembly election

The new DEIS school support programme will be implemented from September 2017. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Selection model uses a new affluence and deprivation model to assess school suitability

Plan comes as figures show a sharp social divide in numbers progressing to third-level. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Aim of plan is ‘to make sure every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential’

Mícheál Ó Ciaraidh (left) with Miriam O’Callaghan, Eoghan McDermott and Art Parkinson (right), pictured at the launch the international Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia in Facebook’s Dublin HQ. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Art Parkinson joins Miriam O’Callaghan, Mícheál Ó Ciaraidh and Eoghan McDermott to launch Seachtain na Gaeilge

Mr Ó hEaghra addresses the Joint Committee on Education and Skills. He called on the chair to ensure that the translation service would be made available in the future. Photograph: Screengrab/

Committee told contribution in Irish was ‘diminished’ due to lack of translation services

A photograph taken by JM Synge of the McDonagh cottage where he stayed on Inis Meáin in May 1898 during his first visit. The cottage belonged to Patrick McDonagh where he along with many other visitors to the island, including Patrick Pearse stayed.

Digital exhibition exploring JM Synge’s celebrated play marks 110th anniversary of Abbey riot

The Department for Communities announced the cut in an email circulated from the Líofa office to gaeltacht colleges on December 23rd.  Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Líofa scheme aimed at those who might not have had the chance to go to a Gaeltacht

Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Co Dublin features in the top 10 list of all secondary schools. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Benefits of bilingual education include enhanced creative and divergent thinking

Of the top 20 schools that send the majority of their students to higher-points courses, 16 are fee-paying private schools. Photograph: iStock

Figures show fewer pupils from poor socio-economic backgrounds attend university

Over 2.3 million people have used Duolingo to learn Irish. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí/The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins calls for more official support for Irish language

Children from Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan, pose for photographs with the All Blacks rugby team. Photograph courtesy of  Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada.

Children from Dublin Gaelscoil perform modified war dance for New Zealand players

Coláiste Chiaráin, Luimneach.

Students join 24-hour Irish speaking challenge taking place in over 320 schools across Ireland

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

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