09/12/2014: Minister Joe McHugh announces additional €1 million in funding for Údarás na Gaeltachta

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., said today (9 December 2014):

I am very pleased to announce today that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has confirmed that Údarás na Gaeltachta will receive an additional €1 million in their capital budget for 2015. I believe this is a clear indication of this Government’s continued commitment to job creation and enterprise development in the Gaeltacht.” 

“I would like to acknowledge my colleagues Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, for their work and continued support for this Department. There is no doubt that this Department has had to bear its share of cuts over the past number of years, as have all Government Departments. However, I am pleased that we have been able to secure increased funding for this Department.”

“This additional funding will enable Údarás na Gaeltachta to retain jobs in its client companies in the Gaeltacht and to attract additional investment to Gaeltacht areas. Since being appointed as Minister of State, I have visited Gaeltacht areas across the country and have witnessed at first-hand the dedicated employees and the incredible work that is being carried out. Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in Údarás na Gaeltachta and is a good foundation on which to build upon.”

The Minister of State made specific reference to the development of a cultural centre at Teach an Phiarsaigh in Ros Muc in Co. Galway which is a flagship capital project being undertaken as part of the Government’s 2016 Commemorations Programme.

“As a result of this additional funding, I look forward to Údarás na Gaeltachta contributing to the overall budget for this project, as part of which my Department is providing €2m in funding.”

Finally, the Minister of State said:

“Since entering this office, I have made additional funding for Údarás na Gaeltachta a key priority. I am delighted to have secured this funding today and I expect increased job creation and enterprise development in the Gaeltacht to result from this announcement.”



Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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