Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs

Arts Funding

8:00 pm

Photo of Robert DowdsRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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Question 301: To ask the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht if any funding application has been made by an organisation (details supplied); if an application has been made, if he will provide a progress report and if there is no application if he will advise if any funding is available to help defray costs of recent refurbishment of the local theatre. [17664/11]

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
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No application for capital funding has been received from this group. Funding for major capital cultural projects in my Department is primarily from the Cultural Development subhead that has an allocation of €7.8 million in 2011, which is a reduction by over 50% from the €16 million allocated in 2010. This funding is fully committed and there is no scope for any funding being provided to defray the costs of any new projects.

The Deputy will appreciate that, given the current economic situation, it is unlikely that a new capital infrastructure scheme will be announced in the near future.

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