Údarás na Gaeltachta

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Údarás na Gaeltachta
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Cruthú fostaíochta, forbairt fiontair, cothú pobail & teanga - Job creation, enterprise & community development, Irish language maintenance in the Gaeltacht.

Established in 1980, Údarás na Gaeltachta is the regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht. The overall objective of Údarás na Gaeltachta is to ensure that Irish remains the main communal language of the Gaeltacht and is passed on to future generations.

The authority endeavours to achieve that objective by funding and fostering a wide range of enterprise development and job creation initiatives and by supporting strategic language, cultural and community based activities.

 Gaeltacht areas map
The Gaeltacht covers extensive parts of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry – all along the western seaboard – and also parts of counties Cork, Meath and Waterford. There are also six populated offshore islands. The total population of the Gaeltacht is 100,716 (Census 2011). Around 15,300 of this population reside within the expanding suburbs of Galway City. Gaeltacht economic activities include agriculture, fishing as well as aquaculture, other natural resources, textiles, engineering, electronics, audio-visual activities and telecommunications.

Economic mission
Údarás encourages investment in the Gaeltacht through a range of generous financial and non-financial incentives for new and existing enterprises in the Gaeltacht.

Cultural mission
All of the organisation’s activities have the aim of preserving and promoting the Irish language at their core. Údarás funds a range of strategic language and cultural initiatives as well as supporting the Irish language through its own practices.

Social Mission
The people of the Gaeltacht play an active role in the economic, social and cultural development of their communities, largely through well-established groups such as community cooperatives and community development companies. An tÚdarás works in close partnership with community groups to administer social employment schemes, manage youth clubs and pre-school groups and enhance the social infrastucture through activities such as the provision of assistance for the elderly and the disadvantaged

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