Saturday 3 December 2016

New minister Joe mustn't put a word out of place

Published 26/07/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD and Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin TD, during their visit to the MacGill Summer School.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD and Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin TD, during their visit to the MacGill Summer School.

LYING close as it does to the Donegal Gaeltacht, there was much tut-tutting at MacGill over the fact that the new junior minister for all things Gaeilge, Joe McHugh, isn't fluent in the native lingo.

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Bravely, Letterkenny-based Joe (pictured) fetched up in Glenties on Wednesday to discuss the matter on Sean O'Rourke's show which was broadcasting from the Highlands Hotel, the venue for the summer school.

"I'm at the start of my journey towards improving it, and while the language is obviously the talking-point, it's the Gaeltacht portfolio that I'm fully immersing myself in," he explained.

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