A new service allows Irish speakers to use predictive text on their mobile phones.

Many mobile phone users have come to rely on predictive texting in the English language, a service that will now be available in the Irish language.

Irish speaker Conor MacDaid, explains how texting in Irish to date has involved turning off predictive texting and mumbling his way through the grammar and spelling. 

Telephone company Samsung launched its Tocco phone last July, it was the first time that Irish language speakers could use predictive text "as Gaeilge". Now, thanks to Vodafone, working with Foras na Gaeilge, Irish language texters have more options with the introduction of a new, free Irish language predictive text service.  

Declan Carew of Vodafone Ireland explains that the service is now available all networks and internationally. For Conor McDaid, the new service puts the Irish language on the same level as other international languages.

Users can now download the service onto their phones paying only for the internet connection required for the download. 

They'll have 25,000 Irish words and phrases, including fadas, at their fingertips.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 January 2009. The reporter is Laura Fletcher.