Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media

Challenges Facing Arts Venues and Theatres as a result of Covid-19: Discussion

Mr. Brendan McGowan:

Yes, briefly. Senator Cassells mentioned the funding we got last week and the future. In the past the words "amateur" and "competition" have been a major barrier to our sector receiving funding. Hopefully, the awards from the Arts Council last year given to us by the then Minister, Deputy Madigan, and put under the remit of the Arts Council by the current Minister, Deputy Martin, is the beginning of those two words never being used again as a barrier to our funding. If we consider the GAA, at its core are the words "amateur" and "competition". I am delighted that hopefully we have crossed that barrier and can look to the future without having to be fearful of those two words.