The new board of Údarás na Gaeltachta has been announced by the Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh. 

The term of the previous board finished last November and opposition politicians and community organisations have criticised the Government for the delay in appointing a new one.

Anna Ní Ghallachair of Maynooth University has been re-appointed as chairperson of the Údarás.

Of the eleven other members, four are nominated by county councils in the Gaeltacht areas of Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry. Six are nominated following a process conducted by the Public Appointments Service and the other comes from one of the smaller Gaeltacht areas in Meath, Cork or Waterford.

The four new members nominated by the county councils are John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh (Donegal), Seán Mac Congamhna (Mayo), Séamus Walsh (Galway) and Séamus Cosaí Mac Gearailt (Kerry).

The others are; Eunan Mac Cuinneagáin (Donegal), Ian Mac Aindriú (Mayo), Seosamh Ó Laoi (Galway), Mary Uí Chadhain (Galway), Siobhán Seoighe (Meath) and Debra Ní Shúilleabháin (Kerry). Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach from Waterford was appointed last year.

As well as the chairperson and the Waterford appointee, five of the members of the new Údarás board are re-appointees. They are Eunan Mac Cuinneagáin, Ian Mac Aindriú, Seosamh Ó Laoi, Siobhán Seoighe, and Séamus Cosaí Mac Gearailt.