Students will have to familiarise themselves with using the virtual learning environment  this year  due to  the increasing emphasis on  social distancing caused by the Covid-19 virus.

Approach set to become the new norm for many courses as social restrictions disrupt traditional teaching model

Third-level institutions will plan for the day they can increase student presence on campus again. File photograph: Getty

Flexibility will be key as many college programmes shift to ‘blended’ delivery model

 The council failed to implement a linguistic provision which was attached to An Bord Pleanála’s planning permission for a housing development, an inquiry found. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Significant increase in number of complaints received by office of An Coimisinéir Teanga

Reáchtáladh agóid i mBaile Átha Cliath anuraidh chun aird  a tharraingt ar chás Choláiste Lú. Grianghraf: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Éileamh ar scolaíocht lán-Ghaeilge ar an mbaile

Más fíor a rá go bhfuil fonn comhaontaithe ar cheannairí na trí pháirtí, ní gá go bhfuil an scéal céanna fíor faoina mbaill. Grianghraf: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Moltaí nach ndéanann ach aguisín de chúrsaí teanga agus Gaeltachta

The 2020 Leaving Cert exams are set to be cancelled and replaced with a “Plan B” in which students will be awarded grades based on their classwork Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Readers share their views on plans to cancel the 2020 Leaving Certificate in favour of predictive grading

The Government must consult with colleges, staff and students in order to avoid  the threat of “enrolment chaos” in the autumn, according to tthe Irish Federation of University Teachers. Photograph: iStock

Federation says staff left in ‘limbo’ over plans for next academic year

Cuireann Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile ‘Gaeltacht 2020’, sraith nua at léirithe ag Aniar TV do TG4, i láthair. Craolfar an dara cuid den chlár oíche Céadaoin na seachtaine seo.

An bhfuil gathanna dóchais le feiceáil?

Students improve their language fluency by engaging in sports and cultural activities.

Decision to close Coláistí Gaeilge will have ’far-reaching effect’ on Gaeltacht areas

Michel Thomas (1914-2005): cheap sé a chóras foghlama teanga féin.

Ar cheann de na seirbhísí is nua dá bhfuil ann tá sraith ranganna Ghaeilge ar ardán ‘Michel Thomas’

Worries over family, friends and mental health feature prominently in survey results

Trinity College Dublin and not-for-profit charity Camara Education Ireland have called on the public to donate laptops

Campaign by Camara Education Ireland and TCD aims to help Deis students during pandemic

A range of measures are being introduced by third level institutions to address problems faced by students as a result of the pandemic. Photograph: Getty

‘Safety net’ policy supported by thousands of university students via online petitions

The Government is expected to give some indication on Friday on the status of both sets of State examinations. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government should be ‘clear and honest’ with pupils over status of Junior and Leaving Cert exams

In a recent online survey, 49 per cent of Leaving Cert students were in favour of cancelling the June exams and using their coursework to decide their final grades. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government considers options as Covid-19 restrictions unlikely to be lifted by June 3rd

One proposal under consideration is that results would be awarded based on predicted grades which could also take into account past-exam performance. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Senior officials have been meeting in recent weeks to examine contingency measures

Beagnach folamh: Sráid Grafton i lár chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Grianghraf: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Nuair a tharlaíonn athrú sa tsochaí, go hiondúil is go mall réidh a tharlaíonn sé

The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments. Image: Google Maps

Alternative online assessments and exams are planned ‘where feasible’

Tháinig Gaeilgeoirí ar champas Ollscoil Mhá Nuad, idir mhic léinn agus baill fhoirne, le chéile chun athinsint a dhéanamh ar úrscéal iomráiteach Uí Laoghaire, Séadna.

Séadna: Athinsint déanta ar úrscéal iomráiteach Pheadair Uí Laoghaire

Ar chúl an ghairdín agus gan ach balla eadrainn, tá páirc bhreá ghlas, timpeallaithe ag crainn arda.

Ní raibh gá mórán a dhéanamh chun oifig fheidhmiúil a chruthú as an nua

Clúdach úrscéal nua le Liam Mac Cóil. Tá Bealach na Spáinneach ar an tríú leabhar i sraith úrscéalta atá suite in Éirinn agus ar Mhór-Roinn na hEorpa sna blianta corraitheacha tar éis Imeacht na hIarlaí. Foilsitheoir: Leabhar Breac

Chun tuiscint a fháil ar shláinte earnáil na leabhar Ghaeilge, labhair Tuarascáil le beirt fhoilsitheoir

Tá ról iontach tábhachtach ag an státchóras agus ag an gcóras polaitiúil i ngach tír sa chath seo. Grianghraf: Getty

Is iomaí plé atá déanta ar bhealaí leis an ngalar scriosta coróinvíreas a smachtú agus a chosc

Tháinig aoichainteoirí le chéile chun plé a dhéanamh an tseachtain seo caite ar Raidió na Life sa todhchaí. Grianghraf: Getty

Cruinniú de fhóram nua neamhbhrabúsach do lucht ghnó i mBaile Átha Cliath an tseachtain seo

Ambasadóirí Sheachtain na Gaeilge le Energia:   Eimear Considine, imreoir rugbaí,  James Kavanagh, láithreoir agus scríobhneoir agus  Gráinne McElwain, láithreoir teilifíse.  Grianghraf: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Seoladh an fhéile i gcathair na Gaillimhe mar chuid d’Ard-Fheis Chonradh na Gaeilge

Eimear Considine, Irish international rugby player, James Kavanagh, writer and presenter and TV presenter Gráinne McElwain were presented as ambassadors for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia, which takes place from March 1st to 17th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public encouraged to participate in annual two-week festival celebrating Irish language

Seán de Fréine. Grianghraf: Seán Ó Mainnín

Foilsíodh eagrán nua de ‘Croí Cine’, saothar clúiteach an scríbhneora Seán de Fréine ar na mallaibh

Conradh na Gaeilge activists and members of the public at a recent meeting  in Dublin.

Crowded political landscape leads activists to adopt new approach to promoting issue

’Sé seo aimsir na ngealltanas: Is féidir athruithe a éileamh trí vóta a ghealladh nó a dhiúltú dóibh siúd a bhuaileann cnag ar an doras. Grianghraf: Niall Carson

Tá slat tomhais eile ar dháiríreacht na ngealltanais a dhéantar roimh an toghchán.

Tá an t-olltoghchán fógartha agus ní fada anois go mbeidh lá na vótála buailte linn.  Grianghraf: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

B’fhiú go mór ceist bheo a dhéanamh den Ghaeilge san olltoghchán

Fórsaí cúltaca: Póilíní Cúnta i mbun cuardaithe i mBaile Átha Cliath. Grianghraf: Walshe/Getty Images

Mhúscail an chonspóid freagairt bhorb ón bpobal

The Irish rebel song Come Out Ye Black And Tans topped the iTunes charts in the UK and Ireland on Thursday. Photograph: Walshe/Getty Images

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Costed proposals from Conradh na Gaeilge show an act would cost £2 million (€2.35 million) per annum with a once-off initial set-up cost of £9 million (€10.58 million).

Promised legislation would provide legislative protection for the language in Northern Ireland

An tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna, Joe McHugh. Grianghraph: Alan Betson

Plean fógraithe chun líon na scoláirí san oideachas trí mheán na Gaeilge a dhúbailt

Body will have to operate with a reduced board as a result of the Stormont impasse, it has emerged. Photograph: Getty

Work will continue under reduced board until resolution found to North deadlock

An Coimisinéir Teanga, Rónán Ó Domhnail, says there would be opportunities in the weeks ahead ‘to dissect’ any proposed amendments to the Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Language Commissioner says Bill publication an important step but warns more action is needed

Cliodhna Ní Dhufaigh, Union of Students in Ireland, Julian de Spáinn, general secetary, Conradh na Gaeilge, Joe McHugh, Minister for Education, Antoine Ó Coileáin, Gael Linn, and Aodhán Ó Deá, Conradh na Gaeilge. Photograph: Damien Eagers/Irish Times

Petition of more than 12,000 names delivered to Minister for Education, Joe McHugh

Minister for State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne: people have the right to ‘simple things’ such as the síneadh fada in a person’s name and their address spelled correctly. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

New legislation includes 20% civil service recruitment target for Irish speakers

Príomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge Seán Ó Coinn. Grianghraf: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

B’fhiú seasamh siar agus amharc ar an ghaol atá againn leis an teanga, dar le príomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge

Half of the 25 schools which sent the highest proportion of their students to third level this year were fee-paying schools

Feeder Schools list: Dominance of fee-paying sector likely to spark debate on €90m in State subsidies

Photograph: iStock

There is a significant shortage of post-primary schools that teach through Irish

Cuireadh fearadh na fáilte roimhe nuair a fógraíodh i 2005 go ndéanfaí teanga oifigiúil agus oibre de chuid an Aontas Eorpaigh den Ghaeilge ó 2007 ar aghaidh.

Tuaradh ón tús gur dúshlán a bheadh ann soláthar maith daoine cáilithe a chur ar fáil

Subject association for post-primary teachers seeking meeting to discuss sample papers

Increased focus on literature at the expense of the spoken language will drive pupils away from Irish, teachers warn

Louise Ní Dháibhéad, Oifigeach Imeachtaí agus Foilseachán leis an Oireachtas i mbun ullmhúcháin roimh féile na bliana seo. Grianghraf: Nick Bradshaw

Baileoidh lucht cathrach agus tuaithe, lucht féachana agus iomaitheoirí le chéile d’fhéile mhór chultúrtha na Gaeilge

Nick Drake Grianghraf: Keith Morris/Redferns/Getty Images

Amhráin tochtmhara agus corraitheach Nick Drake le cloisteáil as Gaeilge

Have your say: We asked nine transition year student to share their views about online privacy

A protester holds a sign in support of an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland in this  photograph of a 2018 protest on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘We should pay attention because assimilation and language-loss is present’

An ginearál Mícheál Ó Coileáin. Grianghraf: An Chartlann Mhíleata

Socraíodh go gcuirfí na coistí ar bun chun gníomhaíochtaí an IRA agus grúpaí eile a thaifead go cruinn

Students have been funding the mandatory placement themselves at a cost of up to €1,500 per student.

In the region of 2,400 student teachers to benefit from the measure in first year

Students from Coláiste Lú in Dundalk, including (front frow from left) Dorota Kaminska, Éimear Kinsella and Erin O’Connor protesting outside Leinster House over the provision of Irish language education at their school. Photo : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Students at Coláiste Lú unit say reduction in teaching through Irish has affected exam preparation

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

New campaign seeking evidence-based ‘comprehensive and holistic’ policy on teaching of Irish

Seoladh Sealbhú: An Dr Aisling Ní Dhiorbháin, Sealbhú, an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna Joe McHugh, an tOllamh Brian McCraith, Uachtarán OCBÁC, agus an tOllamh Pádraig Ó Duibhir, Stiúrthóir, Sealbhú le daltaí scoile as Scoil Chaitríona Eabha Ní Mhaolagáin (14) agus Julie Ní Chonaill. Grianghraf: Conor McCabe

Ionad taighde nua le cinntiú go mbeidh foghlaim agus teagasc na Gaeilge bunaithe ar thaighde

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Making your way through the initial steps on your career path can be daunting but we’re here to help. Photograph: iStock

Deciding what type of company you would like to work for will probably be the first big decision you make after college

Students at Dublin’s O’Connell Secondary School, from left, McKenzie O’Connor, Bepo Jacan, Tighe O’Driscoll and Arseniy Kuznecovs. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin students voice their support for teenage Swedish activist on climate action

Sixty-five per cent of law graduates are women, yet this number drops immediately as soon as women begin to work

Women in the workforce: It is often left up to individuals to challenge company culture themselves

“The graduate that comes out of college today or next year will probably have two or three different types of career during their working life.” Photograph: iStock

Despite the positive economic environment, a practical approach to determining what next steps to take is recommended

Déardaoin seo caite, ghlac mic léinn Choláiste Lú i nDún Dealgan páirt in agóid faoin laghdú agus an imeallú a dúradar atá tar éis teacht ar líon na n-ábhar atá á múineadh trí Ghaeilge sa scoil. Grianghraph: Alan Betson

Dul chun cinn déanta ó thaobh soláthar oideachas trí Ghaeilge ach nach bhfuil sé in am polasaí a chumadh don earnáil ina iomláine?

Thousands of secondary students are expected to attend the 2019 Higher Options expo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s important for students to prepare before visiting Higher Options in order to make the most of the opportunity

Students of Coláiste Lú, Dundalk along with parents  walk from the school to the LMETB offices to protest about being forced to learn in English. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parents say cuts having adverse affect on students preparing for exams at Dundalk school

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he wanted to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish language groups welcome move but Educate Together says parents’ choice will be ‘restricted’

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Grianghraf: Cyril Byrne.

Bás nó beatha teanga is é a stádas

1,643 applicants receive offer of first preference course in latest CAO third-level round

The second round of CAO offers will take place on Wednesday, August 28th. Photograph: iStock

Applicants should consider current offer as potentially the only offer they may receive

Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne (centre) with Charles Dillon, editor of Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge (right) and Michael Peter Kennedy, president RIA  at the Royal Irish Academy, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

RIA initiative is one of the most ambitious linguistic research projects in history of State

Points for degrees in science, technology and engineering have jumped as students flock towards courses with strong job prospects. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Competition for high-points courses see first degree exceed 600 points

Tens of thousands of students wait to find out if they get their course of choice

While college will be fun – you will meet a lot of new people and will undoubtedly have the opportunity to pursue your interests whether through joining societies or getting involved in sports or other pursuits, don’t forget that you are there to further your education. Photograph: iStock

Think carefully as you plan out your next steps

Matas Martinaitis, Firhouse Community College; Caitlin Young, Institute of Education; Eric Ehigie, Moyne Community School; Caoilfhinn Ní Choiligh, Loreto College Mullingar; and Mark Seale, CBS Westland Row. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

CAO set to issue first round of university offers on Thursday afternoon

Tá an garraí suite díreach ag crosbhóthar Bhóthar na Gráinnsí agus Ascaill an Gharráin Chnó. Grianghraf: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Árasáin le tógáil ar shuíomh Éirí Amach na nÉireannach Aontaithe

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The Morrigan is a war goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann with a shape-shifting ability who often takes the form of a crow. Photograph: Reuters

Mythical Irish warriors, gods and royalty lost in the mists of time, but resurrected here

Tá Cainneon Abhainn Tara ar an dara cainneon is faide ar domhain. Grianghraf: Éanna Ó Caollaí

D’ainneoin an stair, tá go leor eile atá suntasach faoin Bhoisnia agus an Heirseagaivéin agus ar na tíortha eile máguaird

One of two stamps issued by An Post on July 4th, 2019, to commemorate the moon landing. The word gealach (Irish for moon) appears incorrectly as gaelach (meaning Irish)

Stamps issued in commemorative set feature a misspelling of the Irish word for ‘moon’

’Teastaíonn éagsúlacht agus iomadúlacht ghuthanna agus modhanna táirgthe chomh maith chun neamhspleáchas agus ilíocht na meán a chosaint’. Grianghraf: Getty

Tuairimí an phobail ar thodhchaí foilseachán Gaeilge clóite agus ar-líne de dhíth

Maynooth University:  concerns over increased enrolment and budgetary constraints. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Maynooth University and Dundalk Institute of Technology complete quality checks

Fanzine exhibition ‘Publish and be Damned’ opens this Friday at UCC library

The final piece: Your CAO change of mind deadline.

Last chance for students to change your minds and check course choices are correct

Rang GaelKarate ag  Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna. (c-d)  Sarah Walsh, Caoimhe Corrigan agus Ellie Hook. Grianghraf: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ealaín chomhraic GaelKarate faoi bhealach in ndeisceart Bhaile Átha Cliath

Tahothoratie Cross in An Cheathrú Rua, Conamara. Tahothoratie  studied  Irish for three weeks at Acadamh na Gaeilge in An Cheathrú Rua. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Tahothoratie Cross was the first participant in a new annual scholarship programme

Baill de chór Phobal Aifreann Dhún Laoghaire lasmuigh d’Eaglais Naomh Mícheál. In éineacht leo tá Sophie McAteer (6) a deartháir Zachary (8) Mac Dara Ó Drisceoil (8) agus a dheartháir Tadhg (5). Grianghraf: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Aighneas faoin Aifreann i nGaeilge i nDún Laoghaire fós gan réiteach

The 90-minute paper is considered the more difficult of the two papers on the Higher Level course

Honours Irish paper would have pleased ‘virtually every student at higher level’

Students were asked in Wednesday’s paper about current issues including lowering of the voting age to 16.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Candidates asked to comment on CSPE being examined in the Junior Cert for the last time

Concern that some questions on higher level paper were not harder than ordinary level

Ghlac na céadta dalta Gaelscoile páirt in agóid ar son Acht Gaeilge i mBéal Feirste ar an Aoine. Grianghraf: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Rath na teanga ó thuaidh ag brath ar dhea-thoil agus ar dhea-mhéin feidhmeannach agus airí rialtais

An ceoltóir iomráiteach Damien Dempsey. Grianghraf: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Litir oscailte sínithe ag 200 duine aitheanta ag éileamh go ‘ndéanfar beart de réir briathair’

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

Coalition of sports people, academics, arts and music figures call for commitment to be honoured

Old street in Galway, Kerwan’s Lane, decorated with christmas lights, night scene

Nótaí: Beidh trealamh scannánaíochta, bogearraí físeáin, códú, ceoil agus stiúidió taifeada ar fáil

Anna Ní Ghallachair, director of the Centre for Irish Language Research at Maynooth University, welcoming the Minister of State  Seán Kyne’s announcement of funding for an online course to train teachers of Irish to adult learners. Photograh: Seán Ó Mainnín

Maynooth course will facilitate students at home and abroad who wish to teach Irish

An Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill. Grianghraf: Seán Ó Mainnín

Tiocfaidh Rónán Ó Domhnaill os comhair Chomhchoiste na Gaeilge, na Gaeltachta agus na nOileán

De réir Roinn na Gaeltachta, táthar ag súil leis go mbainfidh suas le 175 mac léinn leas as an scéim in aghaidh na bliana.  Grianghraif: Joe O’Shaughnessy/Irish Times

Cabhróidh ciste nua le 175 mac léann cur fúthu ar feadh trí mhí sa nGaeltacht

Acadamh na Gaeilge, OÉG students, from left: Erin Mac an tSaoir, Dublin; Eoin de Bhailís, An Cheathrú Rua, Co Galway and Ciara Ní Mhéalóid, Camus Uachtar, Co Galway at the announcement by Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne TD of a €250,000 student Gaeltacht fund. With the Minister are Séamas Ó Concheanainn, Acadamh na Gaeilge, OÉG Carna and Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín, Áras na Gaeilge, OÉG Galway. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Third level students to get opportunity to study for three months in Gaeltacht areas

Seán Ó Baoill agus Máire Bhreathnach i stiúideo An Focal Scoir.

Slat tomhais d’aon díospóireacht maith is ea caighdeán an phlé

Stefanie Preissner author of Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

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Build a strong, informative social media profile. Photograph: iStock

Whether you have already graduated or if you are just about to do so there are steps you can take to help you along the way

Treasa Ní Mhiolláin. Grianghraf: Maurice Gunning

Tá meascán amhrán idir shean agus nua ar albam úr ón amhránaí iomráiteach Treasa Ní Mhiolláin

Agóid chun aird a tharraingt ar an tubaiste aeráide atá ag bagairt orainn ar fad. James Forde/The Irish Times

Tá athrú aeráide ar na bacáin leis na cianta

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