I’m happy to say that I have approved funding of almost €180,000 for Mayo’s off-shore islands with €92,514 for Clare Island and €86,343 for Inishturk, in addition to €103,530 for Inishbofin, Co. Galway.
The funding is part of investment by the Government of over half a million euro to support the development companies and cooperatives on five islands in counties Galway, Mayo and Cork. The funding is to support the work of the development companies and covers administrative and operation costs such as salaries and office accommodation.
This investment of €103,530 for Inishbofin and almost €180,000 for Clare Island and Inishturk is part of overall funding of €512,787 for our non-Gaeltacht islands. The funding includes €22,700 for Comhar na nOileán Teo, based on Inis Oir which undertakes administrative work on behalf of the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht each year.
Island development companies or cooperatives such as Inishbofin Development Company, Inishturk Development Company and Clare Island Development Company carry out work that is instrumental to the sustainability and developments of island communities. The companies are involved in key aspects of island life including the provision of services, employment and education as well as tourism, heritage and culture.
The funding that I have approved will support the development companies in 2020. The companies and co-operatives will also be instrumental to the development of the new whole-of-government Islands’ policy and action plan, for which public consultation is now open.”
Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Toirc €86,343
Comhlacht Forbartha Chliara €92,514
Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Bó Finne €103,530
Bere Island Projects Group Limited (BIPG) €137,700
Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) €70,000
Chomhar na nOileán Teo €22,700