Cultural Institutions need protection, say Greens

The Green Party have today called on the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to ensure that cultural institutions are supported in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Responding to Minister Josepha Madigan’s announcement of a new fund to support artists and a grant scheme for live performances, the party have pointed out that cultural centres, theatres and galleries were not being offered additional support.

Green Party Councillor Peter Kavanagh, who is the chairperson of the Civic in Tallaght, said:

“Theatres, cultural centres and other artistic spaces are the backbone of the cultural economy, and it’s disappointing that they are not being given the support needed to see them through the inevitable economic downturn Ireland will experience in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.”

Saoirse McHugh, spokesperson for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said:

“Cultural centres will be key to stimulating not only our cultural economy, but also our tourism industry, once we see ourselves through this emergency. It is vital that supports are put in place now, to kick start a progressive, artistic response to greatest crisis we have faced in over 70 years.”

Cllr Kavanagh added:

“The supports for artists and additional grant aid are welcome, but without cultural institutions and arts centres, the post-pandemic artistic landscape will be bleak. No amount of singing ‘Ireland’s Call’ will fix that.”

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