Funding bonanza for Irish groups

Irish language groups in West Belfast are amongst those across the country who have benefited from a three million euro funding boost from Foras na Gaeilge.

Cumann Chluain Ard and the Cultúrlann are amongst the groups to benefit from the funding through Scéim Phobail Gaeilge 2005-2007. The Cultúrlann has been awarded 354,886 euro while Cumann Chluain Ard will receive 113,134 euro.

Other Belfast groups who will receive funding are An Droichead in South Belfast, who will get 175,226 euro, and Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain in North Belfast ,who are set to receive 169,448 euro.

As a cross-border implementation body under the Good Friday Agreement, Foras na Gaeilge has received joint funding from the British and Irish Governments since its foundation in 1999. Scéim Phobail Gaeilge 2005-2007, the new community scheme, was announced following a two-year overhaul of Foras na Gaeilge’s existing funding processes and roll-out of a new funding approach based on best practice.

The new Community Scheme was launched by Seosamh Mac Donncha, Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge.

“Today we have 20 projects benefiting from this new scheme to promote the Irish language in the communities North and South,” said the Chief Executive.
“ Since its inception, Foras has been operating its financial support schemes in the community and other domains on an interim basis while it carried out a root-and-branch review.

“Today's announcement is the culmination of that review and a resultant fundamental change in the funding process. While the community sector is the first area to benefit from the new system, we expect over time to be able to roll out a similar process in the arts, education and in the public sector,” he added.

Éamonn Ó hArgáin, Director of Development Services, of Foras na Gaeilge, added: “We have established a fair and transparent funding system, a rigorous process of monitoring and accountability, and a new value-for-money focus.”

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