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This Island Nation 1st December 2014

Offshore island communities have been shocked by the decision of the Minister for the Environment to stop funding community development companies on non-Gaeltacht offshore islands. The amount involved is €600,000 a year and the decision is specifically aimed at islands which are classified as not speaking Irish. On this week’s edition of THIS ISLAND NATION Tom MacSweeney will talk to Mairtin Ó Mealóid, Chairman of Comhdháil Oileán na hÉireann, which represents the offshore island communities, who says that the decision shows no consideration for the future of the islands. The programme will also report the story of a marine engineer who has been stopped for three years by the Department of the Marine from establishing a business at Howth harbour in County Dublin and will hear about the importance of public involvement in watching the coastline.