Dáil debates

Thursday, 14 October 2010

4:00 pm

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)

In 2010, Opera Ireland will get €1.62 million and OTC will get €643,000, for a combined total of €2.263 million. It is my intention that the Arts Council will continue to fund OTC next year. As the Deputy noted, the company staged a considerable number of performances in a variety of venues. In 2009 alone it staged 42 performances in 28 venues to a live audience of 15,800. That is exactly what we want opera to do in Ireland. It must reach out to geographically diverse places and to different social groups. My intention is to ensure that Opera Ireland will only present a full programme when it is capable of doing so. In the meantime, we will ensure that Opera Theatre Company continues to be funded.

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Brendan Quinn
Posted on 28 Oct 2010 11:59 pm (Report this comment)

"My intention is to ensure that Opera Ireland will only present a full programme when it is capable of doing so. In the meantime, we will ensure that Opera Theatre Company continues to be funded"

In this statement Mary I do believe I hear the death knell of INO before the board can say "Are we going to Shenanigans on the Green for lunch"

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