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#Joe McHugh

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

Education minister on school patronage changes: 'Just to be clear - Christmas will not be cancelled'

It was claimed that Christmas celebrations in schools could be curtailed where patronage was switched to multi-denominational.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 21 February, 2019

These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings

The patronage of the schools was recommended by the New Schools Establishment Group.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul

A report launching today calls for a radical overhaul of how sex education is taught in both primary and secondary schools.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Dublin land prices with 'development potential' on the rise, as €23m price tag for stadium defended

The land has been rezoned to allow for the construction of schools in Harold’s Cross.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Students 'pressured' by new Leaving Cert grade scheme as number sitting higher level exams rises

The Economic and Social Research has carried out an early analysis of the grading scheme.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Minister for Education suing Western Building Systems after concerns of structural defects at schools

A total of 42 schools built by Western Building Systems were inspected over concerns about potential structural problems earlier this year.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

There are now 2.19 million people employed in Ireland, new figures show

61,900 additional people entered employment in 2017, according to the latest National Skills Bulletin.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed

The minister said the government has a duty to make sure the next generation is informed.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Whistleblowers alleged to have raised school building concerns to Department of Education in 2012

The Joint Committee on Education heard claims that industry officials met with former Minister Ruairi Quinn over the issue.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 29 October, 2018

Plans being drawn up for potential closure of more school buildings over structural defects

The results of some assessments are due to be released tomorrow.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 26 October, 2018

Schools shut due to structural defects are to partially reopen after midterm break

The Department of Education said its “overriding priority … remains the health and safety of the school pupils and staff”.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 25 October, 2018

HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'

The company was involved in the construction of the extension to Beaumont Hospital.

Attorney General consulted over awarding of school building contracts to WBS

A total of 42 schools will be assessed over the next two weeks.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Here's the full list of schools impacted by the building scandal

Education Minister Joe McHugh said he expects a number of schools will be forced to close.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Unfair divide between haves and have-nots' as teacher shortage forcing some students to turn to grind schools

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals wants Minister for Education Joe McHugh to address the shortage of teachers.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 9 July, 2018

Government to fund US and Canadian students to come here to learn Irish

American and Canadian students will visit Ireland during the summer months to attend intensive Irish language courses in the Gaeltacht.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 29 June, 2018

These two ministers are heading to the Gaeltacht this summer for a crash course in Irish

The government is today launching its five-year Irish Language plan which has a focus on early child education.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

Aer Árann to cease flights to the Aran Islands from December

The department says it will be putting the routes out to tender.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 24 March, 2018

'Fast ferry' service for Tory Island ends long-running row

Meanwhile, a retired surveyor who inspected the Queen of Aran vessel multiple times argues it’s “perfectly seaworthy”.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 9 March, 2018

'It's heartbreaking' - locals 'completely' reject latest state proposals to end Tory Island ferry impasse

“We were expecting proposals, not conditions,” says manager of the Tory Co Op Marjorie Uí Chearbhaill.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 25 August, 2017

'A tsunami from the skies': Taoiseach to travel to Donegal as emergency meeting takes place over floods

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for five counties.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 1 July, 2017

This TD has been tasked with helping the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US

John Deasy’s new role comes amid Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

Government to give Goal almost €4m following investigation into financial irregularities

Money had been withheld while the charity’s operations in Turkey and Syria were investigated.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 19 April, 2016

Boost for unemployment blackspot as over 100 new jobs announced

A UK telemarketing company is coming to Donegal.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 10 March, 2016

No permission given yet for Star Wars filming in Donegal

This time it’s said to be heading to Malin Head.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 11 September, 2015

Aran Islands helicopter contract on hold (for now), but residents are still concerned

Locals say their objections have not yet been addressed.

# joe-mchugh - Sunday 30 August, 2015

"An incredible inspiration": Gaeltacht minister Joe McHugh on learning Irish from a New Yorker

Joe McHugh’s language skills were “ar an úrlár” when he took over the job. Here’s how he’s been getting on…

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 27 August, 2015

What will become of the Aran Islands now that their airplane service is gone?

A new tender for the commuter service to the islands has been given to a Galway helicopter firm at the expense of Aer Arann Islands, the holder of the tender for the last 45 years.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 25 July, 2015

Irish speakers are angry that Enda Kenny doesn't think the Gaeltacht is in crisis

Enda Kenny made his statement in an RTÉ Radio documentary.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 16 July, 2015

Houses are crumbling in Donegal and we should soon know why

A campaign group said the issue affects both private and council homes.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 20 October, 2014

How will 'unprecedented' levels of oil and gas exploration affect wildlife?

The Government has announced a new plan to carry out surveys of areas of potential exploration.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 13 October, 2014

A lot of people think Enda was wrong to make this guy Gaeltacht Minister

But he doesn’t “take it personally.”

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 30 August, 2014

'The water has frozen my brain': Winners and losers and one for you to decide from the political week House Of Cards This post contains a poll This post contains videos

'The water has frozen my brain': Winners and losers and one for you to decide from the political week

You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 29 August, 2014

Gaeltacht Minister shows Irish classes are paying off with 'as gaeilge' radio performance

Minister of State Joe McHugh showed that his intensive summer language courses had paid off in an interview on Raidio na Gaeltachta.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 8 August, 2014

€230,000 announced for 'rehabilitation' of wild salmon and sea trout

Inland Fisheries says the fund is being invested in promoting the recovery of our Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

New Gaeltacht minister now "thinking in Irish" after summer cramming classes

Joe McHugh’s been sent to the Gaeltacht to brush up on the teanga.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 21 July, 2014

Listen: Here's new Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh giving BBC listeners an Irish lesson...

McHugh is taking a language refresher course to work on his “rusty” Irish skills.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them

The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.

Here's how the new Gaeltacht minister got on answering a question as Gaeilge

Dúirt Joe McHugh nach bhuil sé muiníneach sa teanga go fóill.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

The new Gaeltacht minister isn't fluent in Irish

Donegal Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh was confirmed today as a minister with ‘special responsibility’ for Gaeltacht matters.

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