Implement Gníomh Plean Tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh

Implement Gníomh Plean Tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh

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Ó 1956 tá daonra Uíbh Ráthaigh ladaithe 41%. Idir 1991 & 2002 laghdaigh an daonra 9.14% cé go bhfuil daonra na tíre agus na Gaeltachtaí ar an iomlán tar éis méadú. Cuireadh tús le tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh i Meán Fómhair 2017 mar réiteach ar staidéar a dhein Dr Brendan O’Keeffe -"Gaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh – Prófíl Dhéimeagrafach agus Socheacnamaíochta" (Socio-Economic and Demographic Profile) d'Údarás na Gaeltachta.  

Aontaíodh Gníomh Plean Tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh i mí na Nollag 2018. Tá €30,000 curtha ar leataobh ag Údarás na Gaeltachta don bhliain 2019 le gníomhú ar an bplean ach tá €40,000 fós de dhíth. 

Táimid ag impí ar:
Seán Kyne TD, Aire Stáit na Geltachta
Michael Ring TD, Aire um Forbairt Tuaithe agus Pobail &
Brendan Griffen TD, Aire Stáit Turasóireachta agus Spóirt a chinntiú go gcuirfear maoiniú ar fáil chun Gníomh Plean Tascfhórsa Uíbh Ráthaigh a chur i gcrích.

Eagraíochtaí Páirteach sa Tascfhórsa 
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh
An Roinn Tuaithe
Éigse na Brídeoige
An Roinn Leasa Shóisialaigh
Comharchumann Naomh Fhionáin
Páirtnéaracht Forb Chiarraí Theas
Seacláidí na Sceilge
An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta & Gaeltachta
Gréasán Turas. Cheantar na Sceilge
Teagasc
IT Trá Lí
Coillte
Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh
Fáilte Éireann
HSE
Bord Oideachas & Oiliúna Chiarraí
Enterprise Ireland
Comhairle Contae Chiarraí
Kerry LEO
Coláiste na Sceilge
Skellig CRI
Local Link Kerry

(Gaeilge Thuas & tuilleadh eolais as Béarla thíos)

Gaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh/The Iveragh Gaeltacht Co. Kerry.

The Iveragh Gaeltacht is comprised of five distinct communities spread across three parishes on the western tip of the Iveragh peninsula.  Those communities are Ballinskelligs, the Glen / St Finan’s Bay, Dromid, Loher / Glenmore and Caherdaniel. The total population of the area is approximately 1,800 people, roughly equal to the population of the village of Milltown in mid Kerry.

Following community demand the Iveragh Gaeltacht Taskforce was established in September 2017 as a response by the state to the extreme population challenges identified by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe in his Demographic and Socio-Economic Profile of the area, developed on behalf of Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh.  Some of the highlights of Dr O’Keeffe’s research include

The Iveragh Gaeltacht has experienced a 41% decrease in population since 1956. In that same timeframe, the population of the entire Gaeltachtaí of the country has increased by 17.5% (see Figure 2).  The population of the country has increased from 2.9 million people to 4.8 million in that 60-year period.
The steepest percentage decline in Iveragh (-9.14%) occurred between 1991 and 2002, during a period of unprecedented economic growth, the so-called Celtic Tiger
One third of the townlands in this Gaeltacht area are now un-inhabited
There are over 1,800 un-occupied houses (including holiday homes) within the Gaeltacht boundary in Iveragh

It is fair to say that Iveragh shares many individual challenges and problems in common with a lot of rural areas throughout the country.  However, it is also the case that collectively more of those challenges have manifested themselves in this one area than possibly anywhere else in the country.  This is due to a number of factors, both social and economic, operating in combination, including

The extreme peripherality of the area, at the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic on three sides
Marginal and mountainous nature of the farmland in the area
Traditional reliance on a seasonal (rather than year-round) tourism sector
The strong tradition of young people leaving for educational and work opportunities but not returning
A total of 23 organisations were invited to take part in the Taskforce (table 1).  With the assistance of an external consultant, the group have spent the last year developing a three-year Action Plan, comprising more than 130 individual actions to be undertaken by the member organisations.  A particular emphasis was deliberately placed on the generation of actions which are not simply ‘business as usual’ actions for members.

Iveragh Gaeltacht Taskforce participant organisations:
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh
An Roinn Tuaithe
Éigse na Brídeoige
An Roinn Leasa Shóisialaigh
Comharchumann Naomh Fhionáin
Páirtnéaracht Forb Chiarraí Theas
Seacláidí na Sceilge
An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta & Gaeltachta
Gréasán Turas. Cheantar na Sceilge
Teagasc
IT Trá Lí
Coillte
Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh
Fáilte Éireann
HSE
Bord Oideachas & Oiliúna Chiarraí
Enterprise Ireland
Comhairle Contae Chiarraí
Kerry LEO
Coláiste na Sceilge
Skellig CRI
Local Link Kerry

In December 2018, the taskforce member organisations formally adopted the Action Plan conditional upon funds being available to employ a project manager/co-ordinator to drive the implementation of the plan on a daily basis.  

Without a capable, responsible, motivated human resource to co-ordinate and support the Steering and Monitoring Committee charged with implementation of the action plan, the real danger is that the agreed, required actions will not be undertaken in an optimal fashion, or perhaps not at all.  Údarás na Gaeltachta have set aside a sum of €30,000 in its 2019 revenue budget in this regard, but a source for the remaining cash input of approximately €40,000 per annum has yet to be identified.

 

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