Sinn Féin oppose arts cuts -Ennis
Speaking after The Arts Debate event in Stormont, Sinn Féin Arts Spokesperson in the North Sinéad Ennis said:
“Today, the Arts Council, arts organisations and artists spoke with one voice to oppose any further cuts to the arts. Sinn Féin echoes that view.
“Arts is an economic driver. The return to society from investment in the arts is manifold and self-evident, not just in building positive, cohesive communities but in attracting foreign businesses and boosting tourism.
“However, we should never lose sight of the intrinsic value of arts and the key role of artists in creating a society where arts act to improve health, wellbeing, the cohesion and sharing of space regardless of peoples opinion.
“I have written to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Communities voicing our strongest opposition to any proposal to cut the Arts Council budget.”