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Arts and Culture are central to Irish identify, but peripheral to FG plans – Tóibín

1 June, 2016

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Peadar Tóibín has castigated Fine Gael’s continual down grading of Arts and Culture in the state. Speaking at Ministers Questions Time, An Teachta Tóibín said:

“If you ask most Irish people whether Arts and Culture are important with regards to who we are as a people, the vast majority of people will answer yes. They will say that arts and culture are intertwined with our identity. I can think of no other county where the arts played such a significant a roll its formation.

“Yet under the Fine Gael government, this sector is now buried in a Frankenstein department. Heather Humphreys is the Minister for the Miscellaneous with no specific Junior Minister with responsibility for the Arts. This highlights the incoherence that exists within government strategy. 

“Furthermore, this sector which employs significant numbers of people receives approximately 16% of what the Arts sectors of other EU states receive. Nothing could highlight officialdom’s lack of priority more. It is important that the government immediately take stock and re-orientate their policy to fit their rhetoric.” 

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