Dáil debates

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Departmental Schemes

11:00 am

Photo of Cathal BerryCathal Berry (Kildare South, Independent) | Oireachtas source

It is good the Government recognises that the artistic sector needs to be supported financially. I would argue that it also needs to be supported infrastructurally. There are many small towns and villages throughout rural and regional Ireland that do not have an artistic centre, although they have digital hubs. Perhaps this is an issue the Minister will raise with her Cabinet colleague, the Minister, Deputy Heather Humphreys. Many of the digital business hubs are underutilised at the weekend and evenings. Could these spaces be provided for use by the artistic and creative community at weekends and after normal business hours? It is good that the artistic community will be supported financially, and I look forward to the launch of that scheme, and its expansion in 2023 and thereafter.


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