Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (364)

Alan Dillon

Ceist:

364. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the scéim pobal Gaeilge funding for County Mayo and rest of the country in view of the fact that there is concern regarding the proposed reorganising of the scheme. [15336/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

Foras na Gaeilge has been administering Scéim Pobal Gaeilge since 2005, to assist voluntary committees in promoting the Irish language in the community on an all-island basis.

I have been informed by Foras na Gaeilge that the consultation process regarding the proposed restructuring of the current scheme is still ongoing and will be until 17th July 2020. The final proposals regarding the new scheme will have to be agreed in due course by the sponsoring Departments – that is, my own Department and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.

I would like to encourage all communities involved in SPG to communicate their views regarding the restructuring of the scheme to Foras na Gaeilge under the consultation process.

In relation to County Mayo, Coiste Duíche Mhaigh Eo is being funded under the current scheme and I understand that the current contract, which was due to expire on 30 June 2020, has been extended until the application process under the new scheme is completed.