COMHARCHUMANN OILEÁN ÁRAINN MHÓR - OPPOSING GAELTACHT CUTS.
The 29 Comharchumainn Gaeltachta which are funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta, have joined forces to oppose Gaeltacht cuts, which if enforced will reduce spending through the Department of Gaeltacht Affairs from €149 million, in 2008, to €30m, in 2016.
Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir is one of 29 Gaeltacht organisations which is in receipt of an annual administrative grant from Údarás na Gaeltachta. Without the funding from an tÚdarás, Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir will not be in a position to maintain the community enterprises and services it provides to the community of Árainn Mhór.
The 29 Comharchumainn Gaeltachta between them, employ 140 full-time workers and 230 part-time workers. They also administer employment schemes which provide opportunities for over 100 individuals within the community.
Members of the community of Árainn Mhór who wish to oppose the proposed Gaeltacht cuts and support an comharchumann’s efforts can sign a petition which is currently being compiled at the offices of an comharchumann.
Approx €50m a year generated by 20,000 young people attending Irish language summer schools.
Annual turnover of approx €10m of 29 Comharchumann Gaeltachta who between them employ 70 administrators.
80 Irish language naíonra providing services for over 900 pre-school children.