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Ní Riada lobbies Culture Commissioner on European Capital bids

7 July, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has this week met with Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport around the bid of the Three Sisters 2020 to become European Capital of Culture.

Speaking after the meeting, Ms NI Riada said,

"The decision of the European Capital of Culture will be made in mid-July and therefore I felt it was important to bring the case of the Three Sisters of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford to the attention of the Commissioner.

"I highlighted how this initiative bears something more than the Capital of Culture. It is sustainable, providing innovative ways to promote arts and culture and opportunities for startups. And the Commissioner agreed, pointing out that the years after the designated year are just as important.

"I received a positive response from Commissioner Navracsics, who understands that creative industries need to be nurtured and with the minuscule support and funding received by the Irish Government, the industry and artists need all the support they can get.

"I look forward to the result and to doing whatever I can to help promote and protect arts and culture across the island. ENDS

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