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Creative Ireland Programme must live up to its commitments – Peadar Tóibín TD

9 December, 2016

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Arts, Peadar Tóibín TD, has commented on the Creative Ireland Programme, which is the primary mechanism for implementing the priorities identified in Culture 2025.

Speaking today following the programme’s launch, An Teachta Tóibín said:

“We welcome this programme which is ambitious and contains many promising initiatives. However despite being in government for six years Fine Gael only ever promise things in the future. If there was no future tense in the English language, Fine Gael would be rendered speechless”. 

"Under Fine Gael we have seen the worst cuts to our arts and culture budgets - between 2008 to 2014, there was a 76% reduction in Arts, Culture and Film investment. In this year’s budget, there were cuts in capital funding across the cultural sector.

“Naturally, a plan such as this needs an implementation strategy that is actually adhered to as well as adequate investment in order to realise its aims. I note that the document states that the plan will be financed by “well-designed funding mechanisms” which is in itself a show of creative wording to avoid explicit financial commitment to the initiative.

“I would appeal to the Taoiseach and Minister Humphreys to provide adequate funding so as to support the actualisation of the plan, as well as tangible commitment as to its delivery.  I would hope that Creative Ireland can avoid the fate of the “20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language” which has been utterly neglected by the government and whose plans and promises have utterly failed.”

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