Údarás slashes job-creation targets
dars na Gaeltachta has halved its employment creation targets from 2010 to 2011 because of reduced funding in Budget 2011, the authority said.
Job targets have been cut from 600 jobs in 2010 to 300 in 2011, the authority reported.
At last Friday's dars board meeting in Na Forbacha, Co. Galway, board members expressed great concern over the organisation's finances for 2011. For example, the Gaeltacht authority's capital budget is 6 million euro for 2011, down from 15 million euro this year. An additional 6.2 million euro is to be funded from dars own resources, which includes a target income of 2 million euro from the sale of assets "at a time when the property market has effectively collapsed," the authority said in a statement.
As a result, dars reported that the funding cuts it faces in the government's budget have left them with no option but to decrease employment creation targets "at a time when employment creation is critical".
The statement continued, saying that dars believed its enterprise role was gradually being eroded at a time when its staff was continuing to deliver satisfactory job-creation results despite the present difficult economic climate.
At the same board meeting, members approved 55 projects involving 2.9 million euro in state funding, which will lead to 193 new jobs nationally when fully implemented. dars is also expected to play a central role in the implementation of the 20-year strategy for the Irish language, both in the Gaeltacht and nationally, The board has appealed to all Gaeltacht and Irish language organisations to support its board members in highlighting the issue of the future of the organisation with public representatives.