A total of 63 new jobs were created in the Mayo Gaeltacht in 2013, a net gain of 17 new jobs on the previous year, Údarás na Gaeltachta reports in its annual review.
The report, delivered by Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson and Steve Ó Cúláin, Chief Executive, noted that the absence of high speed broadband, at a competitive cost, places many Gaeltacht companies at a competitive disadvantage and efforts are continuing to address this deficiency.
There were 728 full-time equivalent jobs in Údarás-supported companies in the Mayo Gaeltacht at year end.
Companies in the tourism sector, mainly, saw growth in employment during the year.
There were also 217 people employed on social employment schemes in the Mayo Gaeltacht at the end of the year.
Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies
The schemes are managed and administered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and funded through the Department of Social Protection.
An tÚdarás, Mayo County Council and the participants in these social employment schemes undertook village renewal projects, with an estimated total investment of €900,000, in 15 locations in Iorras throughout the year.
During the year, an tÚdarás, in conjunction with other training organisations, organised several training courses on a range of business topics, including digital media, management and community development.
Representatives from over 80 companies attended these training courses throughout the year.
The G.R.E.A.T (Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies) project commenced its work during the year.
The project will operate during 2014/2015 and it aims to assist companies to source new product/markets/ technologies partners in renewable energy and other related sectors in the Northwest of Europe.