It has come to light that funding previously committed by Mayo County Council for a comprehensive language plan is no longer forthcoming to Gnó Mhaigh Eo , leaving the organisation in jeopardy in January 2019.
Following the announcement in July by Minister of State Joe McHugh that a comprehensive language plan would be prepared for Castlebar as an official Gaeltacht Service Town, Gnó Mhaigh Eo, has been appointed as the lead organisation to spearhead this process.
The news comes with a commitment of €20,000 initially to prepare the language plan, and then a further €100,000 annually over seven years to implement the plan.
Combined with the annual funding committed to Gnó Mhaigh Eo by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, this would see an investment of over €1.7 million euro in the provision of Irish language services over the next seven years.
However, it has come to light that funding previously committed by Mayo County Council is no longer forthcoming to Gnó Mhaigh Eo, leaving this organisation in jeopardy in January 2019.
Prior to the restructuring of the local government, Gnó Mhaigh Eo received funding from each Town Council.
Although this funding was verbally committed under the new structure of the Municipal Districts, this money has not been made available to the organisation.
As there are funding agreements in place with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, based on a certain percentage of local investment, the future of the organisation is left hanging in the balance.
Freeda Nic Giolla Chathain is the CEO of Gnó Mhaigh Eo says a more definite structure in funding is needed to protect the Irish language in the county.