As the Deputy is aware, I had the honour of officially launching the new Maker Space in Áras na nGael on Monday 27 May last. Located in Conradh na Gaeilge’s office in Dominick Street, Galway, the new Maker Space is a one-year pilot project and a collaboration of the following stakeholders – Áras na nGael; Camara Education Ireland, An Clár Techspace, Conradh na Gaeilge, Foróige and Ógras. This space will be available to members of Líonra an Chláir TechSpace – or the Irish language TechSpace Network - in Galway and to the wider Irish speaking network across the west of Ireland. The Network members can avail of the space outside of office hours and under the supervision of a partner organisation.
I am delighted that the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has provided current funding of €419,000 in 2019 to Camara Education Ireland to facilitate the national rollout of An Clar TechSpace. However, no direct funding – either capital or current - was provided by my Department for the establishment of the pilot Maker Space to be used by Network members.