Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
Question 408: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there are any grants available to young aspiring ballet dancers to attend professional ballet school in the UK. [9858/12]
Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
My Department does not provide grants to individual performing arts practitioners. Under the Arts Act, 2003, the Arts Council has primary responsibility for the promotion of the arts at all levels throughout the State. As Minister, I cannot intervene in the Council’s funding decisions as it is statutorily independent in that function.