DUBLIN, Ireland - The Irish government is to provide a grant of €490,087 to support the non-Gaeltacht island communities.
The funding will support the work of the community development companies on islands including Inishbofin in Galway, Clare Island and Inisturk in Mayo, Bere and Skerkin Islands in Cork, among others.
In addition to that, €22,700 has been approved for Comhar na nOilean Teo to co-ordinate the delivery of the programme.
"I am delighted to be able to allocate nearly half-a-million Euro to support the local development companies which undertake such vital work for island communities," Sean Kyne Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, said Friday in Inis Oírr where he is meeting with local groups.
"In addition, the funding of €22,700 for Comhar na nOilean, located on Inis Oirr, will support the organisation to continue its work in managing this significant national programme on the islands."
"I hope to be able to add to that funding in the future provided that the resources are available to do that," said the minister.