€222,725 in funding approved by Údarás na Gaeltachta for Gaeltacht organisations

Údarás na Gaeltachta approved €222,725 in funding for Gaeltacht organisations in Kerry at a board meeting which took place in An Cheathrú Rua, Galway last week.

€71,000 was approved for Comhar Chumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne Teo who are currently building a new €3.4million development offices and an Irish language, services and family support centre in Baile an Fheirteáraigh.

Comhar Chumann Forbartha Leith Triúigh Teo who are based at Halla Le Chéile in Clochán-Bréanninn have been allocated €52,225.

In South Kerry, Comhchoiste Ghaeltachtaí Chiarraí Theas Teo has been allocated €53,500 while Forbairt na Dromada Teo will receive €46,000.

In total €1.556 million was approved for 30 public organisations - cooperatives and community-based organisations - throughout the country's Gaeltachaí to support them in the implementation of their work plans for 2014.

The Údarás Board also recently met with the Minister of State for the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltachta, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich T.D., to make a submission to the Minister directed at increasing the Údarás budget for the next three years in order to aid the organisation with its new language planning and community development activities and to increase the employment base in the Gaeltacht.

Meanwhile, many protestors from Kerry's Gaeltachtaí took to the streets in Dublin last month to protest against the Government's Irish language policies. Among them was Fianna Fáil candidate in the South and West Kerry constituency in upcoming local elections, Breandán Fitzgerald from Dingle.

"This present Government has done away with democratic elections to Údarás Na Gaeltachta, merged the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga with the Ombudsman's Office without consultation and has continued to cut resources available for the Irish language," he told The Kerryman.


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