03/03/2015: Minister of State McHugh acknowledges the work undertaken to reach the agreed solution in relation to the non-Gaeltacht islands
Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Joe McHugh acknowledges the work undertaken to reach the agreed solution in relation to the non-Gaeltacht islands.
Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, today (3 March 2015) wishes to acknowledge the work of his colleagues, Minister Alan Kelly, Minister of State Ann Phelan and their officials at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and to thank them for their co-operation and hard work in reaching a solution with regard to funding a revised approach to supporting the non-Gaeltacht islands. The islands are Bere, Sherkin, Heir, Whiddy, Long and Dursey in Co. Cork, Inishbofin in Co. Galway, Inishturk and Clare in Co. Mayo.
Minister McHugh outlined that the core funding that was provided up to now enabled the running and maintenance of the five Island Development Companies which delivered frontline services across nine islands in counties Cork, Galway and Mayo. The Minister said:
“I believe that the offshore islands of Ireland constitute a unique element in the fabric of Irish society. They are distinctive, even within their own geographical area, and island communities have a special inheritance due to the uniqueness of island living. Having visited some of these islands recently, I saw at first hand the good work and development that has been achieved under the programme that was in place up to now.”
Funding for this approach will be transferred from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with effect from 1 April 2015.