Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Údarás na Gaeltachta
The core exchequer allocation from my department to Údarás na Gaeltachta in respect of 2019 and 2020 is outlined in the following table:
|Subhead||2019 Current||2019 Capital||2020 Current||2020 Capital|
|C6 – Údarás Administration||€9.442m||€9.602m|
|C7 – Údarás Current||€3.850m||€4.050m|
|C8 – Údarás Capital||€9.7m*||€10m|
* An additional capital allocation of €0.7m, arising from savings elsewhere in the Department’s Vote was secured for an tÚdarás in 2018 and carried forward to 2019 and is included in the figure provided.
In addition, Údarás na Gaeltachta also receives current funding from my Department in respect of cultural and language planning activities under the following subheads:
|C3 – Community and Language Support Programme||€0.330m||€0.350m|
|C10 – Language Planning Process||€2.600m||to be agreed*|
|Total||€2.930m||€350k to date|
*Preparatory work in relation to the 2020 financial allocation to Údarás to progress the ongoing implementation of the language planning process is currently being finalised.
In the interests of completeness, I should also mention that when the funding allocated to An tÚdarás under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund as well as that allocated under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund is included, it results in an additional capital funding allocation of €10.484mbeing available to An tÚdarás to date over the period in question.
A breakdown of that funding is outlined in the following table:
|Rural Regeneration and Development Fund||Date Announced||€|
|Completion of the undeveloped top floor level of gteic Gaoth Dobhair||23/11/2018||€1.500m|
|gteic An Spidéal Innovation and Digital Hub in Conamara.||23/11/2018||€0.548m|
|8 Innovation Centres/Digital Hubs/Centres of Excellence in the Mayo Gaeltacht.||23/11/2018||€0.795m|
|To develop a master-plan for the redevelopment of the former Dingle Work House.||11/02/2019||€0.415m|
|To support the design and development of a range of new community, sporting and educational facilities on a state-owned site in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Co. Kerry.||11/02/2019||€0.293m|
|The development of projects identified in the Action Plan for Uíbh Ráthach in South Kerry.||11/02/2019||€0.174m|
|To develop a master-plan for the Coláiste Íosagáin campus in Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork.||11/02/2019||€0.180m|
|To develop a major tourism hub ‘Áras Scéalta an Atlantaigh’ in Eachléim on the Erris Peninsula, Co. Mayo||08/11/2019||€1.879m|
|Regional Enterprise Development Fund||Date Announced||€|
|To develop a market-focused marine innovation and development centre as part of the Páirc na Mara Marine Innovation Campus in Cill Chiaráin, Co. Galway.||03/12/2018||€2.0m|
|To develop, implement and manage a Regional Development Hub (RDH) in support of enterprise creation on the Coláiste Íosagáin campus in Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork.||08/01/2019||€2.7m|
Finally, can I reassure the Deputy that my Department is continuing to work with colleagues across other relevant Government Departments and State Agencies in order to mitigate insofar as possible the challenges being faced by Údarás na Gaeltachta in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.