Funding announced for third-level students to study in the Gaeltacht

Funding worth €250,000 has been announced for an initiative which will allow third level students to spend three months in the Gaeltacht.

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Reader's Blog: Irish should not be disregarded

Columnist Daniel McConnell’s opinion on the Irish language was pointed out to me this week.

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Reader's blog: 'Relevance' cannot be the standard by which we decide on the future of Irish in our schools

In response to Daniel McConnell’s article on April 6, I would like to make the following points.

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Is breá liom Gaeilge but we should dump it as a core subject

In his epic March 2011 Vanity Fair piece on the Irish financial crash, Michael Lewis made many fascinating observations about our funny little ways.

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Meet the man from Moscow in charge of reviving Irish in the Kerry Gaeltacht

Ten language planning officers have been appointed countrywide in recent months, and one of them has an unusual background.

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Speaking up for new ways to learn the Irish language

Meet the man taking Irish out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. Could this be the key to teaching our kids our native tongue? Helen O’Callaghan reports

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Cultural integrity of Cork Gaeltacht is under threat

Submissions close next Friday on a plan which warns of the erosion of the cultural integrity of a Cork Gaeltacht area of “international heritage significance”.

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Primary teaching hopefuls see Irish tests reduced

Hundreds of students considering a course to become a primary teacher after their degree will no longer have to take multiple Irish oral tests if they apply to more than one college.

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Irish language officer appointed for Múscraí Gaeltacht

An Irish language planning officer has been appointed for the Múscraí Gaeltacht in a bid to increase the level of Irish spoken daily in the Mid-Cork region.

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Gaeltacht study gives insight into gaps in education

There is a wide gap in overall levels of education between those residing in the Gaeltacht and the State average, a new study has found.

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Irish speakers calling for €9m in funding to preserve the language and create jobs

Irish speakers are calling for €9m in funding to preserve the language and create jobs in Gaeltacht areas.

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Conradh na Gaeilge celebrates 125th year today

Irish cultural organisation Conradh na Gaeilge is today celebrating its 125th year.

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Council using online translations: An cúpla focal Google

To describe the Irish language as a sacred cow or its revival as a white elephant risks the aggressive opprobrium of a certain kind of Gaeilgeoir.

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Ministers focused on increasing Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas by 25%

The Government wants to increase the number of Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas by 25%.

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Public 'must be kept informed over talks on Irish language'

Discussions around a deal on the Irish language need to be more transparent to prevent scaremongering among the unionist community, the sister-in-law of former loyalist leader David Ervine has said.

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Latest: Irish Language Act hinders breakthrough hopes in Stormont powersharing talks

Latest: The prospects of an imminent breakthrough in powersharing talks at Stormont appear to have receded after an impasse over the Irish language deepened.

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Former Ukip leader 'would break the law to pull down Irish language sign if erected on his street'

Ukip's former leader in Northern Ireland has said he would break the law to pull down an Irish language sign if one was erected on his street.

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Children could face interviews to test Irish before being admitted to Gaelscoileanna

Children could face interviews to test their standard of Irish before being admitted to Gaelscoileanna.

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Irish language students stage protest at Stormont

Pupils from Irish language schools have demonstrated at Stormont ahead of a meeting between campaigners and the Northern Ireland Secretary.

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Irish language activists meet Northern Ireland Secretary for the first time in historic talks

Irish language representatives will hold historic talks with the Northern Ireland Secretary today.

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16 killed in suicide attack at Kabul restaurant

A Taliban suicide bomber and two gunmen attacked a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul that is popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans, killing 16 people, including foreigners dining inside and two other gunmen, officials said.

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Afghan council backs US troops deal - but Karzai delays signing

Afghanistan’s president has said he will not immediately sign a security deal with the United States, ignoring a recommendation by an assembly of Afghan elders and leaders that he do so by the end of the year.

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Six killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A suicide bomber tore through the Afghan capital, killing at least six people near the site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States, officials said.

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US Secretary of State extends Afghan security talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has extended talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the contentious security deal to allow American troops to remain in the country after the Nato-led military mission ends next year.

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Afghan election official killed by Taliban

A gunman has killed the head of the election commission in a northern Afghan province, local officials said.

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NATO accused of killing Afghan civilians

Afghan officials have accused Nato of killing civilians in an airstrike that left at least 10 people dead in the country’s remote east.

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Afghan militants 'kill female author'

Militants in Afghanistan have killed an Indian woman whose memoir about marrying an Afghan man and life under the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film, officials said.

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Afghan flash-floods death toll rises to 35

Afghan officials say flash floods have killed at least 35 people in four eastern provinces, while an estimated 50 people are still missing.

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14 Afghan soldiers killed in separate attacks

Fourteen Afghan soldiers and 64 Taliban militants have been killed in fighting and roadside bombings across the country in the past 24 hours.

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11 members of one family killed in Afghanistan

Eleven members of one family were killed when a minibus hit a bomb buried in the road in southern Afghanistan, officials said today.

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Taliban offers to free US soldier

The Afghan Taliban has said it is ready to hand over a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of its senior operatives being held at Guantanamo Bay.

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US agrees to talks with Taliban after group announces Qatar office

US officials say they will begin formal talks with the Taliban over Afghanistan at the group’s new Qatar office within days

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Four killed in Afghan attacks

Nato said three of its service members and one civilian working with the international coalition in Afghanistan have been killed in three separate attacks in the country’s east and south.

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Afghan police killed at checkpoint

Two Afghan gunmen have killed a police commander and six of his men at a checkpoint in a remote district in the country’s south.

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Female politicians help block women's rights legislation in Afghanistan

Conservative religious politicians in Afghanistan blocked legislation today aimed at strengthening provisions for women’s freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience.

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Five US troops killed by roadside blast in Afghanistan

Five troops killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan are all American, a Nato official has confirmed.

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Three British soldiers confirmed killed in Afghan blast

Three soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan yesterday have been confirmed as British by the Ministry of Defence. Their next of kin have been informed.

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Thirty dead as bus crashes into truck left by Taliban

Thirty people on board a bus were killed when their vehicle crashed into the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

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Taliban capture 9 from helicopter

A helicopter owned by an Afghan company made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan and the insurgents took all nine people on board hostage, officials said today.

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Ten children reported killed in Nato airstrike

Ten children and two women are reported to have been killed in a Nato airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.

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Suicide bomber kills Afghan doctor

A suicide bomber has targeted a provincial governor’s convoy near a hospital in southern Afghanistan.

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Afghan teenager stabs US soldier to death

An American soldier was stabbed to death by an Afghan teenager as he played with a group of local children.

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'Innocent family driving home' killed by roadside bomb

A roadside bomb has struck a car in southern Afghanistan, killing six civilians.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes questions from reporters during his joint news conference with President Barack Obama in the East Room at the White House in Washington today.Picture: AP

US to end Afghan combat role early

President Barack Obama and Afghan president Hamid Karzai have agreed to speed up the schedule for moving Afghanistan’s security forces into the lead across the country, with US troops shifting fully to a support role.

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US 'could pull all troops from Afghanistan'

The US has signalled it might not leave any troops in Afghanistan after its pull out, in spite of the Pentagon claiming thousands may be needed to contain al-Qaida.

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US Navy commander dies in suspected suicide

The US military is investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.

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Afghan policewoman kills US adviser

An Afghan policewoman has killed an American adviser at Kabul’s police headquarters.

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A pocture from our archives of an armed Taliban fighter walking along a barbed wire fence inside the no-mans-land between the Pakistani and the Afghan borders.

Taliban 'does not want power monopoly'

Taliban representatives have said they do not insist on monopolising power in a post-conflict Afghanistan.

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France to host meeting with Taliban

Afghan officials are meeting Taliban rebels and envoys from another Islamist militant group near Paris, looking beyond Afghanistan's uprising to a future long after international forces have returned home.

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Karzai welcomes troop withdrawal

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has welcomed news that nearly half of Britain's troops will be withdrawn from the country next year.

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Taliban to attend Paris talks on future of Afghanistan

The Taliban will attend a meeting in France to talk about Afghanistan's future but will not discuss peace and reconciliation, the militant group's spokesman has said.

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France ends Afghan combat role

France has ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, fulfilling promises to end its role on a faster track than other Nato allies.

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Afghanistan solider killing 'an insider attack'

A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform has shot and killed a service member fighting with US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, according to Nato.

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US general faces sex abuse charges

A US general has been charged with sex crimes against five women, including four military subordinates and a civilian.

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Police chief killed in Afghan roadside bomb

A roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan has killed a district police chief, officials said.

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Two die in Afghan 'insider attack'

Two Nato troops have been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

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At least 20 dead in Afghan mosque bombing

A suicide bomber has blown himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding 50.

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Eight killed in Afghan attacks

At least eight people were killed today in attacks in southern Afghanistan, including one incident where a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local intelligence office, officials said.

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In this photograph from July 29, 2010, Tech. Sgt. Jeff Hedglin an Air Force Pararescueman drapes an American flag over the remains of the first of two US soldiers killed minutes earlier in an IED attack. Picture: AP

US military confirms 2,000 troop deaths in Afghanistan

The US military has confirmed the death of an American service member in eastern Afghanistan, bringing the number of American troops killed in Afghanistan in the long-running conflict to 2,000.

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