Fianna Fáil will 'restore democratic mandate' to the Gaeltacht says Ó Cuív

Mon, May 21, 2018

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Rural, Regional, Gaeltacht, and Island Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív.

A new Bill being put forward by Fianna Fáil will, if enacted, reinstate direct elections to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta. Elections to the Gaeltacht body were abolished in 2012.

An Bille Um Údarás Na Gaeltachta (Leasú) 2018 is being put forward by Fianna Fáíl, and according to party spokesperson on Rural, Regional, Gaeltacht, and Island Affairs, and Galway West TD, Éamon Ó Cuív, it is "a clear statement of intent" towards supporting the demand of Gaeltacht dwellers to have "directly elected members to Údarás’s board".

Under the Bill, Údarás will consist of a chair, appointed by the Minister for the Gaeltacht, and 14 other members, 11 of whom will be directly elected, with the remaining three appointed by the Minister, one of whom must be resident on an offshore island that is in the Gaeltacht.


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