Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding, the Chinese education ministry will nominate an adviser for the Mandarin Chinese language course in secondary schools. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An adviser paid by the Chinese government is to have an oversight role in the new Leaving Certificate subject of Mandarin Chinese as part of an agreem(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said subject specifications for the Leaving Cert are developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and involve extensive consultation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Chinese communities in Ireland are “outraged” by the decision of the Department of Education to use only a simplified script in the new Leaving Certif(...)

Chinese embassy on Ailesbury Road:  “Nobody has forced or will force [Yvonne Murray]. Sensationalist presentation sells paper but won’t for too long.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Combative tweets from the Chinese embassy in Dublin about the departure of Irish journalist Yvonne Murray from China were probably written to impress (...)

One of the Hong Kong protesters who spoke to The Irish Times. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

CHINESE POLITICAL ACTIVISTS LIVING IN IRELAND CLAIM THAT OTHER CHINESE PEOPLE HERE ARE ‘KEEPING AN EYE ON EVERYONE’ FOR SIGNS OF DISLOYALTY TO THE (...)

Lion dance performance on Parnell Street, Dublin, as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council offered to censor topics politically sensitive to Beijing from its Chinese New Year festival last year, following pressure from th(...)