Survey results released

25 September, 2007

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The CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Pádraig Ó hAoláin, this evening (Tue 25th of Sept) launched the survey – A Socio Economic and Cultural Needs Analysis – Gaeltacht na nDéise in Halla Cholmáin in an Sean Phobal.

The research, which was conducted by the local community group Comhlacht Forbartha na nDéise in conjunction with the Cork Institute of Technology and with financial assistance from Údarás na Gaeltacht, concentrate on four main areas:

  • the current position of the Irish language in the Sean Phobal and An Rinn Gaeltacht
  • the provision and demand for childcare services in the area
  • the qualifications and skills level of the local population
  • and the local housing requirements.

A total of 477 families took part in the survey, 96.6% of the population in the area.

Speaking at the launch, Pádraig ó hAoláin, said that survey was an important resource to Údarás, Comhlacht Forbartha na nDéise and other organisations. “The level of those that use the Irish language as their daily language is very encouraging but it is also necessary that an Irish language planning initiative is put in place to ensure that the strong foundation that exists is maintained from those moving to the Na nDéise from outside the area”

It is also encouraging to see to see that over three quarters of those survey were employed in Gaeltacht na nDéise and the surrounding areas. The information provided in this survey helps us to recognising the training requirements in the area and also gives us an indication of the demand for childcare services”, he said.

He also informed those present that planning permission would be sought by Údarás in the near future for the development of an Enterprise/Services centre in Baile na nGall Beag.