Written answers

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

National Theatre

4:00 pm

Photo of Noel AhernNoel Ahern (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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Question 148: To ask the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the position regarding discussions between Abbey Theatre staff on the possible closure of its workshops, specifically the number of positions that will be transferred to the UK; the reason the National Theatre is being allowed to consider such action; the lease terms of current workshops and the financial expense that will be faced with an empty building; and if he will order this idea and such examination to be scrapped. [12134/10]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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As I have informed the Deputy previously on this matter, I have no direct involvement in the day to day operations of the Abbey Theatre. Decisions made in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy are a matter for the Board and management of the Abbey Theatre, which operates independently of my Department.


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