The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley has announced that he is sanctioning an allocation of €435,226 or 80% of the cost, whichever is lower, to Comharchumann Mhic Dara to enable them to carry out renovations on an old factory building in order to make it suitable for use as a public amenity for An Cheathrú Rua and also as accommodation for an Irish language college.
Minister of State McGinley said this will enable the Comharchumann to finish off the development of the community centre and strengthen the efforts to promote the Irish language in the area.
This grant is being allocated to the Comharchumann to renovate factory accommodation in An Cheathrú Rua.
The renovations will make 8 school rooms, 4 offices, a sports hall, toilets, and changing rooms available in one location which will be suitable for use both as a public amenity and as an Irish college.
Two Irish colleges have been operating in the area of An Cheathrú Rua for a number of years, Coláiste Chiaráin and Coláiste Cholumba.
But owing to a lack of suitable space in the area, these two colleges have been depending on a wide range of accommodation — local schools, community halls, as well as other accommodation such as offices in the locality — to function properly.
In order to address this problem long-term the Department announced a grant of €256,000 to the Comharchumann to purchase this building last August.
As well as the preschool services which are situated alongside this development, it is hoped that the location will include an Irish language and household support centre as recommended in the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.
County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.
The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.
Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.
Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.
Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.
Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.
East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund
Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.
The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.
Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.
East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.
Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.
Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.
The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.
To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.
Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.