Dublin City Councillor David Costello has called on the Government to fully restore funding for the arts.
Speaking ahead of the Government’s Spring Economic Statement, Cllr. Costello called for a firm commitment to supporting and promoting the arts and cultural events in the capital.
The Cabra-Finglas Councillor said, “This May sees the opening of the 18th annual Bealtaine Festival which gives us an opportunity to celebrate renewal, creativity and growth in ageing. During the month of May the Dublin City Council has exciting line-up of cultural events which includes art, dance, music, film, theatre, literature and history, many of which are free to attend.
“Bealtaine takes its name from the ancient Celtic festival celebrating springtime. Spring is the season of renewal, creativity and growth and I am calling on the government to examine the level of funding to the arts in today’s Spring Economic Statement.
“Fianna Fáil has always supported the advancement of the arts. Between 2005 and 2010 we invested €1.1 billion in the arts. As the economy recovers, it is incumbent on this Government to examine the feasibility of entering into a program of funding restoration for the arts.
“I strongly believe that the arts are central to the wellbeing and advancement of the Irish people. They not only give people an opportunity to express their uniqueness and allow us to build new friendships and communities in our city.
“Fianna Fáil published an extensive policy document on the arts earlier this year. It was based on three principles: protecting the independence of the arts community; ensuring a stable, sustainable and secure funding model for the arts; and enabling full community engagement and benefit from State arts funding. I am urging this Government to make similar commitments and restore funding for the arts.”