11 May 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Labour T.D. Michael McCarthy has welcomed an announcement that funding of over €300,000 for the non-Gaeltacht islands will be provided for the period from mid-May to the end of 2015.
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has reached agreement with Comhar na nOileán Teo who will be responsible for administering the fund at a total cost of €34,160 in 2015. Funding for the non-Gaeltacht islands was previously provided by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
“This is very welcome news. Our islands are very important to us and should be protected and supported where ever possible. They are a unique reservoir of arts, culture, identity and heritage. They are home to living, breathing communities and the Government has a duty to ensure that these communities remain viable and vibrant.”