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Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, launched www.ainm.ie in the National Library of Ireland on 1 November, 2011. [Press statement »]

(Left to right, back): Dr Peadar Ó Flatharta, Fiontar, DCU; Dr Gearóid Ó Cleircín, Fiontar, DCU; Dr Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín, Fiontar, DCU; Dr Brian Ó Raghallaigh, Fiontar, DCU.

(Left to right, front): Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State for the Gaeltacht; Máire Ní Mhurchú, author of Beathaisnéis; Diarmuid Breathnach, author of Beathaisnéis; Micheál Ó Conghaile, Cló Iar-Chonnacht.