On the nomination of Meath County Council under the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act 2012, the Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht appointed Cathal Seoighe to the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2018 for a two year term from March 2019 to March 2021.
Cathal Seoighe was first elected to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta in December 1999 and continued as an elected member of an tÚdarás until November 2014.
Cathal spent seven years as the Chief Executive of Ógras, Conradh na Gaeilge’s youth organisation between January 1993 and September 2000.
Cathal is very involved with the GAA and is the Vice Chair and Oifigeach Gaeilge & Cultúir of Meath GAA County Committee. At the moment he is operating as a national president of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta.
Cathal was a founding member of Comhlacht Oibre an tSeanbhaile (COIS) in Ráth Chairn that came together to build a community park and Ionad Cúram Leanaí Ráth Chairn which opened in 2015 and 2012 respectively.
As outlined in paragraph 12 of the First Schedule of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979, Údarás board members are paid fees and allowances from Údarás funds, which are determined from time to time by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. These fees and rates are in accordance with those laid down by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for State Bodies of Category C of that Department.
As a board member of Údarás na Gaeltachta, he is paid a standard annual fee of €7,695.