McHugh announces programme for returning emigrants setting up businesses

Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has announced a new mentoring programme to help returning emigrants who want to set up businesses here.

The government has allocated up to €100,000 for the project.

Deputy McHugh, who is Minister for the Diaspora, says the idea is to remove barriers and challenges that returning emigrants may face when starting a business.

He says difficulties can include gaps in personal and professional networks, lack of support and up-to-date local knowledge — all of which are crucial to seccessful establishement of new businesses.

At present, the project is a pilot programme for one year, after which it will be reviewed.

Minister McHugh has been telling Ocean Fm News what the programme aims to do: