Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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1422. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the budget allocation for Údarás Na Gaeltachta in 2019 and 2020, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6526/20]

Photo of Seán KyneSeán Kyne (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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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
Total €13.292m €9.7m €13.652m €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:

Subhead 2019 2020
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
Total €5.784m

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
Total €4.7m

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.

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