114 new jobs created in Donegal Gaeltacht in 2020


114 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht last year.

Údarás na Gaeltachta's end of year statement shows that there was however, a 6.8% net decrease in employment with a total of 2,168 people employed by client companies in the county at the end of 2020.

The report reveals that employment declines in the Donegal Gaeltacht were mainly in the tourism and food and drink sectors while 114 new jobs were created in a number of companies including; Randox and Earagail Éisc.

New projects were approved which will create 38 new jobs and an estimated total investment of over €1.63 million.

€271,163 was approved for 112 businesses through COVID-19 support schemes, the Online Trading Scheme and the COVID-19 Business Continuity Voucher.

A total of €735,900 in administrative funding was provided to 11 organisations under the
Community Development Programme and a new community based company established in the Fánaid area.

284 people were employed on social employment schemes in the Gaeltacht at the end of the year.

The current LEADER Programme was completed and just over €1.5m approved and invested in 49 project proposals.

gteic@GaothDobhair grew and developed with up to 300 workspaces now available there.

A number of other gteic hubs are being developed and a further four are expected to open in 2021.

Six language planning officers and one assistant officer were employed.

A link to the full report is available here: https://www.udaras.ie/assets/uploads/2021/01/End-of-Year-Statement-BEARLA-Deiridh-240121.pdf