• #Votebeforenoon is an effort underway in the South Clew Bay area of county Mayo  tomorrow and Friday to get the local electorate out and voting early and to show their support for Democracy.

     Louisburgh business man John Staunton is behind the community initiative that aims to entice the entire electorate in Murrisk, Lecanvey, Louisburgh , Killeen and on the Islands of Inisturk and Clare Island to come out and cast their votes.

    The island voters will go to the polls tomorrow and the rest on Friday.

    John says the idea is,  if voters come out early in large numbers, it will encourage others to do so for the rest of the day.

    Voters in the South Clew Bay area are asked to celebrate their vote and will be able to avail of a cup of tea and bun in areas close to the polling stations

  • Efforts are underway to ensure the development of small ports in remote areas of the Irish islands.

    Amendments have been passed by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee to give coastal communities special protection.

    It would also equip fishing boats to improve the health and safety of crew members.

    Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada says there'll be other benefits if funding goes ahead

  • Funding of half a million euro has been allocated to support local communities on non-Gaeltacht islands. 

    The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and Islands Sean Kyne has announced a grant of over €490,000 to support the work of community development companies on islands including Clare Island and Inisturk in Mayo, Inishbofin in Galway, Bere & the Sherkin Islands in Cork among others. 

    In addition €22,700 has been approved for Comhar na nOilean Teo to support its work across several islands including the Aran Islands. 

  • A Galway West TD has welcomed the publication of the report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government which looked at island voting.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv says he welcomes the report and supports the recommendation that the Electoral Amendment Voting on Islands Bill 2014 should proceed to Committee stage.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says the report marks another positive step in ensuring that islanders have the same rights as people living on the mainland with regard to voting times. He says islanders want to vote in elections and referenda on the same day as the rest of the country, rather than having to vote ahead of time.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says he has noted a number of points raised in the report, which he will be taking into account when framing his amendments to the Bill.

  • Post primary schools on the country's islands in the Gaeltacht, are to receive extra funding.

    Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced a package of supports that includes an additional € 15,000 per post-primary school and extra teaching resources

    Coláiste Naomh Eoin, on Inis Meáin, has been granted independent stand-alone status.

    There are five post-primary schools located on islands in the Gaeltacht in Counties Galway and Donegal.