Funding Review of the Comhaltas Development Programme

5 October 2009

Funding Review of the Comhaltas Development Programme

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REPORT ON THE INDEPENDENT FUNDING REVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF COMHALTAS CEOLTÓIRÍ ÉIREANN

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann welcomes the findings of The Independent Funding Review of the Development Programme of Comhaltas Commissioned by the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

The Review is a generous acknowledgement of the role of Comhaltas in the promotion of the Irish language, other elements of Irish culture, community activities and tourism. This follows a previous very positive Value for Money Review of the Ciste na Gaeilge Scheme in relation to Comhaltas.

The new Review acknowledges the high level of volunteerism in the organisation; the professional and accountable management and governance; that the State’s investment was appropriately administered and that Programme expenditure was properly incurred and properly controlled; that the professional advisers have performed their work diligently and with due regard for value for money requirements; that the Comhaltas Ardchomhairle has fulfilled its taxation obligations in a full and proper manner in relation to the Comhaltas Development Programme.

Comhaltas also notes that it has been totally vindicated in relation to the Clontarf branch issue. The Review notes that the Ardchomhairle has offered a modus operandi, in keeping with the organisation’s constitution, to the dissolved branch to be readmitted to the organisation and play a meaningful role in the new Regional Resource Centre at Clontarf. Comhaltas will engage with the Department to bring this offer to a successful conclusion and we are hopeful of an amicable outcome. Comhaltas also agrees with the Review’s recommendation that the past should be parked and that we should move forward.

This Review concerns the State’s funding of the Comhaltas Development Programme 2005-2009. The Review finds:

On the Clontarf Branch matter the Review upholds the Comhaltas position on all issues;

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