Gaeltacht left in Limbo

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

A south Donegal Co. Councillor has accused the Government of totally ignoring the Gaeltacht Communities and has described their inaction as insulting to the people of south and west Donegal.

A south Donegal Co. Councillor has accused the Government of totally ignoring the Gaeltacht Communities and has described their inaction as insulting to the people of south and west Donegal.

Cllr. Brendan Byrne has accused the government of totally ignoring the Gaeltacht communities with their total inaction in dealing with setting up a replacement company to distribute leader funds and other programmes previously dealt with by Meitheal Forbacha na Gaeltachta. (MFG)

Cllr. Byrne told this newspaper, “Many months have now past since this government disbanded M.F.G and no positive progress has been made in re - establishing the funds which were previously held by M.F.G.,

“In the meantime communities have been left in limbo with no funds available to them, with other groups already having occurred expenditure and unable to recoup their costs.

Byrne also highlighted the plight of the former workers of M.F.G who have been left without employment as a result of the actions of this government in disbanding the M.F.G. Company.

He said, “It is unbelievable that the Government has failed to act, that the government continues to ignore the situation regarding M.F.G. and the programmes which it operated.

“Numerous communities within the Gaeltacht are now severely disadvantaged as a result of the Government’s inaction and paralysis on this issue and their failure to sanction a replacement company to function in distributing Leader funds.

“Numerous proposals have been made to the department and government regarding the replacement of the M.F.G structures but with no success due to indecision and lack of commitment by this present government concluded Cllr. Byrne.

Cllr. Byrne has called on Minister Phil Hogan and the Government to get off the fence and deal with this matter immediately and afford the Gaeltacht communities the same opportunity to access funding as the other communities have throughout Ireland with Leader funding.

“The time delay has been grossly unfair and decisions need to be immediate to assist the Gaeltacht communities. “ he concluded