Minister promises to 'brush up' her Irish

THE Republic's new minister for arts heritage and the Gaeltacht has defended her level of Irish, following reports that neither she nor minister of state with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe McHugh are fluent Irish speakers. Speaking in Howth yesterday afternoon, Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys said the protection and use of the Irish language would be a priority for her. The Cavan-Monaghan TD said she had learned Irish to Leaving Certificate standard but that because she did not use the language "she lost it". Ms Humphreys, who was first elected in 2011 said sh[...]

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