• Changes to the way schools grant exemptions from Irish are coming in from September.

    One of the major changes means that students in special schools or classes will be automatically exempt.

    Almost 40,000 pupils avail of Irish exemptions.

    For the first time in over 25 years, the Minister for Education has announced new criteria for schools to grant an exemption.

    Under the new changes, pupils in special schools or special classes will be automatically exempt from learning Irish, and students with special needs or learning difficulties will no longer need a psychologists report.

    Exemptions will continue to be awarded by school principals and for the first time there will be an appeals system.

    Minister Joe McHugh says the changes which will be introduced in September will be fairer and more supportive of students.


    The closing date for the Business with Irish Awards 2018 is fast approaching and ahead of the deadline, we chatted to Suzanne Kilkenny of the renowned Guna Nua Boutique who told us how she integrates Irish into her business day and why the Business with Irish Awards meant so much to her enterprise.

    Gnó Mhaigh Eo is now accepting applications for the Business with Irish Awards 2018. Do you know a business who uses the Irish Language or would like to develop an Irish Language plan? Why not nominate them for a Business with Irish Award 2018.


    Tá Gnó Mhaigh Eo ag glacadh le hiarratais le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. An bhfuil aithne agat ar ghnólacht a bhfuil Gaeilge in úsáid acu nó atá ag iarraidh plean Gaeilge a fhorbairt linn? Is féidir iad a ainmniú le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. 

    Seo iad catagóirí na ngradam | These are the award categories:

    • Comharthaíocht | Signage
    • Seirbhís Ghnó | Irish Language Service
    • Ábhair Ghnó | Business Materials
    • Brandáil | Branding

    You can enter now, or nominate a business by clicking on this link

  • Rail passengers in the West are facing disruption to their travel plans over Easter, as Irish Rail will be carrying out major engineering works in Co Kildare.

    This means all train services from Mayo and Galway into Heuston Station will be affected.

    Irish Rail says passengers will be transferred by bus between Heuston Station and Newbridge and Kildare from Good Friday until Easter Monday, and passengers on the Mayo and Galway rail lines should check the company’s website before travelling, as there may be some changes to departure and arrival times.