Alcorn’s ratification deferred as new Udaras board is announced

The nomination of Donegal Councillor David Alcorn to the new board of Udaras na Gaeltachta has been deferred, pending an investigation into expenses.

It follows the receipt of an anonymous letter two weeks ago by a number of media outlets and public bodies detailing a number of claims.

There are two Donegal representitives confirmed on the new board.

They are  Seán Ó Cuireán from Falcarragh, a solicitor and manager of Donegal volunteer centre, and Eunan Mac Cuinneagáin from Carrick, Regional Manager of WESTBIC in Kilcar.

The chairperson will be Anna Ní Ghallchóir, Director of the Languages Centre at NUI Maynooth.

In a statement, Minister of State Dinny Mc Ginley says four members were appointed to the new board on foot of nominations by County Councils that have a Gaeltacht area within their jurisdiction.

The nomination of Donegal County Council has not been ratified, he says, pending the outcome of enquiries regarding certain allegations that have been made.

This leaves Fianna Fail Cllr David Alcorn, a member of the outgoing board, in limbo until an examination of his expenses has been completed.

Minister Mc Ginley says while Údarás na Gaeltachta undoubtedly faces challenging times ahead, he believes the ability, experience and skills of all the board members will greatly benefit both the Údarás, and the Gaeltacht community in the coming years.