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Arts Council should reassess cut in funding to O'Brien's Literary Press - Sandra McLellan TD

3 February, 2015

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Arts ,Sandra McLellan TD, has urged the Arts Council Of Ireland to reassess the 84% cut in the funding that it provides to O’Brien’s Literary Press.

O’Brien’s Literary Press is the largest producer of children’s books in Ireland. Their publications include many titles of educational, cultural and educational value.

The Cork East TD said;

“It is hugely disappointing that the Arts Council of Ireland has cut its funding to O’Brien’s Literary Press by 84% this year.

“I would like the Council to explain the rationale behind its decision.

“The Council has slashed the allocation of funding for the production of Children’s books from €63,000 to a paltry €10,000.

“That is bad enough. However, it becomes scandalous when you consider that the average sum allocated to animal circuses is €125,000.

“O’Brien’s Press produce invaluable books for children on Irish historical and cultural topics.

“Allocating €10,000 a year for children's books in comparison doesn’t seem justifiable.

“I am urging the Arts Council of Ireland to now reassess its decision to cut its funding to O’Brien’s Literary Press.”

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