On Friday I announced the successful projects receiving funding under the West Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) Programme. The funding of €411,099 will support 33 projects in coastal communities in Galway and Clare as well as on the Aran Islands and Inishbofin.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara administers the FLAG Programme (which is arranged on a regional basis) on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The funding from the Department supports an overall investment of €819,884 in a diverse range of projects.
Speaking at the launch I commented:
It’s wonderful to see the appetite for FLAG support here in the West from the islands to the Clare and Galway coastlines where fishing and coastal community enterprise have always been part of our unique West of Ireland heritage. The FLAG West has seen the greatest number of approved projects 33, all showing superb diversity and innovation yet sensitive to our marine heritage and unique Gaeltacht culture. I’m delighted to announce funds of €411, 099 for the 33 projects being supported in the FLAG West. I also take pride in the fact that many of the projects are true to the natural environment and marine heritage of the sea, the coastline or the islands. We take such great pride in our coastline which also forms a significant component of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The FLAG West announcement today will enhance and preserve our rich marine and fishing heritage for many generations to come. The 33 projects announced today on Inis Oírr follow the national announcement by my colleague and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. of 153 projects that will deliver €3.6 million in investment to all seven FLAG regions around the coast”.
The recipients of funding include –
- Gasóga Mara na Gaeltachta
- Cumann Húicéirí na Gaillimhe
- Oireachtas na Gaeilge
- Comharchumann Forbartha Arann
- Bia BoFinne
- Coiste Traidphicnic
- Killary Adventure Company
- Comharchumann Mhic Dara Teo
- Connemara Mussel Festival
- Killary Fjord Shellfish Ltd
- SCCUL Entrepreneurs
A wide range of projects are being supported including sea processing equipment, refurbishment of seaweed processing facilities, the purchase of safety vessels, safety at sea and navigation programs, and business development and marketing projects.
A number of marine-related festivals are also being supported including ‘Feile na Mara an Spideal’, ‘Racing Championships 2017 – Aran Islands’, ‘A Taste of Inishbofin’, ‘Tradphicnic’, among others.