Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 33 - Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Chapter 7 - Oversight of Funding for the European Capital of Culture 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Jennifer Carroll MacNeillJennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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That is fine as I am getting a real flavour of it. I also get the flavour of how much opportunity was missed both in the execution of the work and, more important, for the artists who would have had an opportunity and platform from that. It sounds like a long list.

From the much more prosaic perspective of the Committee of Public Accounts, what is the cost of losing those opportunities? Was there a significant cost to all of those not going ahead? Were we already tied into contracts or anything of that nature? I am nearly sorry to have to ask this, given what was lost, but this is the Committee of Public Accounts.