26/01/2015 : Minister of State McHugh welcomes Údarás na Gaeltachta’s review of 2014
The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., has welcomed the 2014 results published by Údarás na Gaeltachta today (26 January 2015).
The Minister of State said: “I welcome the 2014 results which show the highest level of job creation in the Gaeltacht since 2008. I am particularly pleased that Údarás managed to create 737 jobs in 2014. It also bodes well that projects were approved during the year which are expected to generate in excess of 500 jobs in the future. This is a reflection of the valuable work being done by Údarás na Gaeltachta to stabilise employment in the Gaeltacht.”
The Minister of State also made reference to the million euro of additional funding which he secured for Údarás na Gaeltachta’s capital budget for 2015. “I believe this clearly demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to job creation and enterprise development in the Gaeltacht. I am satisfied that this additional funding will help the Údarás to retain jobs in their client companies in the Gaeltacht and to attract more investment to Gaeltacht areas. In that regard, I understand that Údarás aims to create 570 new jobs in the Gaeltacht in 2015.”
The Minister of State thanked the Údarás for the pioneering work it is undertaking on the development at Teach an Phiarsaigh in Ros Muc. “The development of Cultúrlann Chonamara at Teach an Phiarsaigh is one of the flagship projects being funded by Government as part of the 1916 commemorations. I hope that significant progress will be made this year by Údarás na Gaeltachta, in collaboration with Galway County Council, the Office of Public Works and Fáilte Ireland, on developing the Cultúrlann so that it will be ready in time for Easter 2016,” said the Minister of State.
The Minister of State acknowledged in particular the progress made by Údarás na Gaeltachta during 2014 on the implementation of the language planning process in the Gaeltacht, in conjunction with the community organisations on the ground. “This is very important work and I am pleased that Údarás is prioritising the process in the 9 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas for which notices have been made to date,” said the Minister of State.