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Gaeltacht jobs

The number of employees in companies supported by Udaras na Gaeltachta fell by 8.8pc in the last year, despite the agency receiving funding of €30.4m.

The group, which is responsible for job creation in the Gaeltacht area, said that it had created 710 full-time jobs during the year. However, at the end of 2009, total full-time employment in Udaras-assisted companies stood at 7,472.

The agency also warned that cutbacks in Government funding and the weak property market will make it difficult to meet its employment targets over the next few years.