Irish Government continues to pay lip service to the arts - Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Following the revelation of the Arts Councils investment approach for 2016, in which traditional musicians face a 41% cut to their funding, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for extra support for traditional musicians.
A member of the European Committee on Culture and Education, Ms Ní Riada said,
"Although I welcome the Arts Council allocating additional funding from previous years, it's shameful that traditional musicians have been dealt such a huge blow by a 41% cut in their funding.
"This isn't about the Arts council, who are already stretched; it's about the Governments continuous lip service to the sector. Year after year we see huge cuts inflicted on the industry as consecutive Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Ministers sit back and allow our heritage to be sliced.
"Whilst the arts sector is an economic commodity, it also has a huge cultural importance with regards to identity and expression of culture.
"Across the sector, artists are struggling to make a living, especially those that are involved in the traditional arts and with the 41% cut to their funding; they have been once again failed by this Government.
"In a year of celebration of our history, we need to invest more in our traditional artists in order to help them to continue not only with their work but also in preserving our cultural identity and heritage, both locally and nationally." ENDS