15/10/13

15/10/2013 – Dinny McGinley, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht welcomed the proposed allocation for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands functions of the Department for 2014. Budget 2014

Press Release – Budget 2014

 

The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, T.D., today (15 October 2013) welcomed the proposed allocation for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands functions of the Department for 2014.

 

The Minister of State indicated that almost €40m will be available to the Department in 2014 for Irish language, Gaeltacht and Island functions and over €38m for north south cooperation (the Language Body and Waterways Ireland). These are indicative figures which are subject to the Estimates being approved in due course and are subject to the agreement of the North South Ministerial Council in the case of the north south budget.

 

The Minister of State said: “I welcome the specific allocation of €0.5m for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. This is a clear indication of the implementation of the commitment in the Programme for Government which states that the Government will support the Strategy and will deliver on the achievable goals proposed therein. This funding will enable my Department to undertake various activities which will support the language planning process on the ground. This includes support for community organisations to assist them in preparing and implementing language plans under the Gaeltacht Act 2012.”

 

With regard to the total allocation provided for Irish language, Gaeltacht and Island functions for the year 2014, the Minister of State said: “Although it was necessary to reduce the Departmental budget across the board, I am confident that we will be able to meet our priorities within the allocation provided. My absolute priority will be the protection of frontline services while making tough decisions in view of the reduced allocation. In that context, we will be focussing more than ever on achieving effectiveness and value for money from the Exchequer allocation.”

 

The Minister of State said that he believes that the provision for Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga and the Language Body (Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency) will enable them to fulfil their statutory functions in 2014.

 

Further details of the 2014 allocation are available in the appendices below.

 

Appendix 1: Estimates for 2014 *

 

 

Irish Language, Gaeltacht & Islands (Programme C) *    €39.9m            (-5%)

 

Irish Language, Gaeltacht & Islands

2013

2014

% Change

Current

33,519

31,882

-5%

Capital

8,441

7,973

-6%

Total

41,960

39,855

-5%

 

 

North South Cooperation (Programme D) *                      €38.4m            (-5%)

 

North South

2013

2014

% Change

Current

36,210

34,425

-5%

Capital

4,080

3,958

-3%

Total

40,290

38,383

-5%

 

 

* Administration costs (pay and pensions) are included in these figures.

 

Appendix 2 – Breakdown of the current allocation for 2014 **

 

 

Irish Language, Gaeltacht & Islands  €000               
C.3 GAELTACHT SUPPORT SCHEMES              6,100
C.4 IRISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT SCHEMES              3,600
C.5 AN COIMISINÉIR TEANGA                 567
C.6 ÚDARÁS NA GAELTACHTA – ADMINISTRATION              8,798
C.7 ÚDARÁS NA GAELTACHTA – CURRENT              3,000
C.9 ISLANDS              5,900
C.10 20-YEAR STRATEGY FOR THE IRISH LANGUAGE 2010-2030                 500
   

28,465

   

North South Cooperation

                    €000
D.3 THE LANGUAGE BODY            13,578

 

** Administration costs (except for the administration budget of Údarás na Gaeltachta) are not included in these figures.

 

 

Appendix 3 – Breakdown of the capital allocation for 2014 ***

 

 

Irish Language, Gaeltacht & Islands €000 
C.3 GAELTACHT SUPPORT SCHEMES              1,422
C.4 IRISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT SCHEMES                    95
C.8 ÚDARÁS NA GAELTACHTA – CAPITAL              5,687
C.9 ISLANDS                 644
   

7,848

 

*** Administration costs are not included in these figures.

 

ENDS

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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