- Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
The Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs ( _ga. Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta) is the senior minister at the
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairsin the Government of Ireland.
The current Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is
Éamon Ó Cuív, TD. He is assisted by:
*John Curran, TD – Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs.
Conor Lenihan, TD – Minister of State for Integration Policy.
The department was created in 1956 as the Department of the
Gaeltacht. Its present title dates from 6 June 2002 with the formation of the Government of the 29th Dáil. It has some 240 staff in 6 locations: mainly Dublinand Na Forbacha in County Galway.
The department has specific responsibility for a range of functions including:
*Community Development Programmes
*the RAPID programmes
*Coordination of the National Drugs Strategy
*Rural Development initiatives
The department also retains the responsibilities previously held by the former Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands for:
*the development of Ireland's inhabited off-shore islands.
List of office-holders
Irish cabinets since 1919
Permanent North American Gaeltacht
Volunteer Centres Ireland
* [http://www.pobail.ie/en/ Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs]
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