Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has welcomed increased investment in Irish language funding in Budget 2021.
He commented, “For too long our Irish language schemes were underinvested. Budget 2021 sees an additional €14.8 million provided for the Gaeltacht and Irish language sector, raising the total funding for next year to over €78 million.
“Within this funding it is positive to see an increase of 45% in Údarás na Gaeltachta’s capital allocation on the 2020 allocation which will assist An tÚdarás in protecting its client-companies from the full impact of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is funding set aside for cross-border co-operation with regard to the language sector – this total is €1.779 million. This funding will allow greater co-operation and fulfil commitments to An Foras Teanga, who receive their first funding increase since 2016.
“TnaG has continued to provide top quality Irish language programming and plays an important role in providing current affairs news and entertainment through Irish. I am delighted to see their funding up to €3.5 million in this Budget.
“Fianna Fáil are fully committed to developing and supporting the Irish language and Gaeltacht communities in the West. The funding announced in Budget 2021, along with the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill 2019, outline our drive in Government to ensure our language and Gaeltacht communities are protected,” concluded Deputy Calleary.