13/09/2013 – Minister Deenihan announces €1.7 million grant for Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne in Co. Kerry
13 September 2013—Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., announced grant funding today from his Department of €1,746,765 for Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne.
This funding is to enable the construction of a development centre in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh in Co. Kerry at a cost of €3.4 million. Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne will contribute €500,000 towards the project with the remainder being provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta.
This project will be completed through a partnership between the State – including the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Kerry County Council – and the community development organisations – Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne and Coiste Ionad Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh Chorca Dhuibhne.
Minister Deenihan commented:
“I am delighted to be able to provide the Comharchumann with this grant. This facility will serve as a new headquarters for the Comharchumann, as a family support facility and as a community facility. While Gaeltacht communities face many challenges, I believe that this new centre will strengthen the Irish language as the language of the community in Corca Dhuibhne. I particularly want to welcome the partnership approach to this development, with my Department, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry County Council and Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne coming together to make this project a reality.”
Minister of State in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D., also welcomed the development, saying:
“The Irish language support services that will be available through this development centre will be vital in supporting the future of Corca Dhuibhne as a Gaeltacht area. This development is the epitome of the practical implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 and will be essential in supporting the language planning process in Corca Dhuibhne.”