Allocation of capital grants approved by Department of Gaeltacht questioned

There has been some scrutiny over the allocation of capital grants approved by the Department of the Gaeltacht.

Tuairisc.ie has revealed that over 90% of Department of Gaeltacht capital grants over the past 15 months have gone to Donegal and Connemara.

Tuairisc.ie has reported that during the period from 1 July 2016 to October 10 this year, Minister Joe McHugh and Minister Seán Kyne approved € 3.6 million in total for Gaeltacht projects under the community and language support scheme and the island proposals scheme.

Of the € 3.6 million, € 3.3 million was approved for the Donegal and Galway Gaeltacht areas.

Grants totaling €307,276 were approved for the Gaeltacht areas of Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Mayo and Meath during the same period.

While no funding was allocated for the Cork Gaeltacht during the same period.

It is also reported that since Minister McHugh has been re-appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for the Gaeltacht 87% of the Department of Gaeltacht capital grants has been approved as a contribution to the Donegal Gaeltacht.

An analysis carried out by Tuairisc.ie show new figures presented to Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív reveal that grants of €967,654 to Donegal were approved over the past 3 months.

While only €134,993 in funding was granted to all other Gaeltacht areas during the same period.