Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, has said that the leaking of the linguistic study on the state of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht was wrong.

Excerpts of the report were published in the newspaper, Foinse, last weekend.

Minister Ó Cuív said it should not have been leaked and that leaking it was not in the interest of the Irish language.

He was speaking at the McGill summer school in Donegal.

The minister said there was nothing in the report about the state of the language that was not already known from census figures, but that recommendations in the study are to be discussed with the Government.

He gave no date for the publishing of the report.