13/04/2013: Minister of State McGinley announces grant of €435,266 for Comharchumann Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua
The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D., has announced that he is sanctioning an allocation of €435,226 or 80% of the cost, whichever is lower, to Comharchumann Mhic Dara to enable them to carry out renovations on an old factory building in order to make it suitable for use as a community facility for the area of An Cheathrú Rua and also as accommodation for an Irish language summer college.
Minister of State McGinley said: “With this considerable assistance the Comharchumann will be able to finish off the development of this building as a community centre which will benefit the whole area. This investment will strengthen the efforts both of the Comharchumann and of the local community to promote the Irish language in the area.”
This grant is being allocated to the Comharchumann so that they can renovate factory accommodation in An Cheathrú Rua. The renovations will make 8 school rooms, 4 offices, a sports hall, toilets, and changing rooms available in one location which will be suitable for use both as a facility for the local community and as an Irish college.
Two Irish colleges have been operating in the area of An Cheathrú Rua for a number of years, namely Coláiste Chiaráin (1,328 pupils in 2012) and Coláiste Cholumba (709 pupils in 2012). Owing to a lack of suitable space in the area, these two colleges have been depending on a wide range of accommodation — local schools, community halls, as well as other accommodation such as offices in the locality — to provide these services.
In order to address this problem long-term the Department announced a grant of €256,000 to the Comharchumann to purchase this building in August 2012. As well as the preschool services which are situated alongside this development, it is hoped that the location will become an Irish language and household support centre as recommended in the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, which will greatly assist language planning in An Cheathrú Rua.
“This is vital language infrastructure,” the Minister of State said in announcing the grant. “It will greatly assist the community in carrying out their language plan under the Gaeltacht Act 2012. This investment shows that the Department and the Government continue to implement the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language on a phased basis.” He also said that the Comharchumann deserve great praise for the work they have done in improving facilities of this type and also in strengthening the Irish language in the area.