Two tourists injured in a head-on collision with a ministerial car in Co Kerry are said to be in a serious condition in Kerry General Hospital.

The Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, and his driver are expected to be discharged later this evening. It is understood the minister suffered a broken finger and bruising.

A decision has yet to be made on his secretary whose condition is described as 'comfortable'.

A garda investigation is now underway into the circumstances surrounding the accident which happened shortly after 2.20pm this afternoon on the Muckross Road, outside Killarney.

Ó Cuív dismisses translation cost report

Earlier today, Mr Ó Cuív dismissed a report that the cost of translating official documents into Irish may cost up to €150m a year.

The report, in yesterday's Sunday Tribune, also claimed that the Government would have to employ 2,000 extra Irish speakers at a cost of €100m.

The newspaper said the spending was required by provisions in the Official Languages Act.

However, speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme, Mr Ó Cuív said the reports were untrue.