Four Nations future remains clouded

first_imgAustralia were victorious in Sunday’s Four Nations final, beating New Zealand 34-8 at Anfield, but the Rugby League International Federation’s chief executive David Collier does not know if or when the tournament will be held again.The 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from next October to December, will bring to an end the RLIF’s current calendar of events.Although the Federation has confirmed the 2021 World Cup will take place in England and the 2025 competition in North America, there is currently nothing set in stone for the intervening years.Collier told Press Association Sport there is a consensus for an eight-team event, which could be good news for Scotland, but that is unlikely to take place until 2023.”I think eventually the eight nations will become the Four Nations on steroids, so it has a growth spurt to it,” Collier said.”We want a second major event and we made a decision on Saturday that we will play that in 2023 and we will go out to tender fairly soon for a destination.”There is a gap in the first four-year cycle, so there is potential still for a Four Nations but that will be up to the three major nations to determine.”We call 2021 and 2025 the bookends – the three major nations in particular needed to know exactly where the major events are going to be played.”Once we got the global events away, they fill in the rest and I think they are going to be making announcements fairly quickly as to what they are going to play in the interim period.”With Australia almost certain to take a sabbatical from the international game in 2018 as part of an agreement with their NRL players, there is scope for another Four Nations Series in 2019 but the potential return of the Kangaroos or British Lions tours is back on the agenda, as well as an international nines competition.”There was discussion over whether we wanted to trial a nines tournament so we might well go out to tender to see what happens,” Collier said.”I think nines is very much more destination based so I think we’d be looking for a warm destination, although there is also interest from one of the major nations to get it up and running so we may want to look at a World Cup of nines.”last_img read more

Údarás announce record 2017 despite Christmas jobs blow

first_imgDespite the loss of almost 30 jobs just before Christmas, a record number of jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2017.The annual report of Udaras na Gaeltachta shows that a total of 243 new jobs were created locally.When job losses are taken into consideration, there was a significant net increase of 103, which means that by year end there were 2,193 jobs in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies. This is the highest number of jobs since 2009.Despite the heavy blow dealt to Gaoth Dobhair at the end of the year due to the closure of SLM Ceangal Éire Teo., Udaras says it is a positive indication for the Donegal Gaeltacht.It says that through the authority’s support over the past three years and as a result of the particular focus placed on the county in that period, 242 new jobs have been created and a substantial number of projects are also in the pipeline.New jobs were created in companies throughout the Donegal Gaeltacht, including Arán Ard Teo, Ard an Rátha, R.A. Pacáistí Teo., VHI, Meastóirí Domhanda, Kombucha Éireannach Teo., and Fáisc Miotáil Teo. in Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair; Bá Dhún na nGall Teo., Oileán Glas Teo., and Cuan Tamhnaigh Teo., in Cill Charthaigh; Cora Tine Teo. in Fál Carrach; and Randox Teo. and Ostre’ an Teo., in An Clochán Liath. The growth in jobs has been experienced across a wide range of sectors and companies.New ProjectsLast year the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta approved a number of new projects for the Donegal Gaeltacht, which will result in 239 new jobs and a projected total investment of €14.23 million when these projects are underway. The majority of job approvals for future employment were in the food, marine and services sectors.During 2017, some 6 new businesses were established in the Donegal Gaeltacht and seven people were employed in these businesses by year end.Enterprise Development Forum Action Plan Údarás na Gaeltachta announced the action plan Ag Forbairt na Fiontraíochta ar Pháirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair in 2015 and focused on growing employment and enterprise in North-West Donegal. An tÚdarás indicated its objective to support the creation of 300 new jobs and to invest €4.7 million in Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair over a three-year period (2015 – 2017). The implementation period of the plan comes to an end in March 2018 and a final report by the Enterprise Development Forum will be published before the summer.LEADER ProgrammeÚdarás na Gaeltachta approved grants for 13 projects totalling €113,276 under the LEADER Programme in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of 2017. The grants were sanctioned for various community groups and individuals. Up to 75% of the cost of the projects is covered by the grants. When the local contribution is taken into consideration, this means a total investment of €154,726. The majority of projects will improve community amenities, and sports and recreation facilities.These are the first projects to have reached the final stage of authorisation and a further two projects have also been approved by Donegal LCDC which will involve supports of over €50,000 and a total investment of €62,736. Údarás na Gaeltachta is one of four partners under the Donegal LCDC with responsibility under the LAG to administer the implementation of the LEADER Programme in the Donegal Gaeltacht (excluding the Gaeltacht islands which come under the remit of Comhar na nOileán). Social Employment SchemesA total of 331 people were employed on social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year. This included 133 on the Rural Social Scheme, 12 on the Tús Nua Scheme, 107 on the Community Employment Scheme and 79 on the Tús scheme. The schemes are managed by 14 supervisors, administered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and funded by the Department of Social Protection.Cooperative- and Community-Based Company SchemesFunding of €556,000 was provided for nine organisations under the Community Development Programme in 2017, and these in turn implemented and agreed a community development agenda. Arrangements have been made to establish a community development organisation in Baile na Finne, which will receive funding under this programme and which will be established early in 2018.Language PlanningDuring 2017 each Language Planning Area in the Donegal Gaeltacht was engaged in the language planning process. Language plans were approved for two Language Planning Areas: the Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire and Loch an Iúir LPA and the Cloich Cheann Fhaola LPA (Gort an Choirce, An Fál Carrach and Machaire Rabhartaigh). Arrangements are being made at present with two Lead Organisations to enable them to implement the language plans in their respective LPAs. Language plans were being prepared for the Na Rosa LPA and the Gaeltacht Lár LPA during the year and this work will continue in the four other LPAs, the Tuaisceart Dhún na nGall LPA, the Toraigh LPA, the Árainn Mhór LPA and the Dún na nGall Theas LPA. It is expected that the language plans for those four LPAs will be ready for submission to the Department in the second and third quarter of this year.It is also expected that An Clochán Liath (Dungloe) will be named a Gaeltacht Service Town early in 2018.Údarás announce record 2017 despite Christmas jobs blow was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAELTACHTjobsrecordÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more