Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Emigrant Support Services

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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46. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on a centre (details supplied) in New York; the payments it receives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45849/19]

Photo of Ciarán CannonCiarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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The Irish Arts Centre New York has received funding under my Department’s Emigrant Support Programme as outlined below:

Year Amount in euros Purpose
2017 1,128,000 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building.
2014 1,001,362 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building.
2009 2,316.020 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building.

The Irish Arts Centre New York has received funding from the Department of Arts Heritage and An Gaeltacht, Culture Ireland, the City of New York, the State of New York and from private donations. Any future request for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme will be assessed on its merits.

The Consulate General in New York stays in close contact with the Irish Arts Center about the construction of their new building. I understand that construction is expected to be completed in time for the opening of their 2020-2021 season.

Members of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence, including the Chairman, visited the Center in December of last year to get briefed on the work of the Center and how the funding provided is being used.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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47. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the State funding a centre (details supplied) has received since its foundation in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45852/19]

Photo of Ciarán CannonCiarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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The Irish Arts Centre New York has received funding under my Department’s Emigrant Support Programme as outlined below:

Year Amount in euros Purpose
2017 1,128,000 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building.
2014 1,001,362 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building.
2009 2,316.020 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building.

The Irish Arts Centre New York has received funding from the Department of Arts Heritage and An Gaeltacht, Culture Ireland, the City of New York, the State of New York and from private donations. Any future request for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme will be assessed on its merits.

The Consulate General in New York stays in close contact with the Irish Arts Center about the construction of their new building. I understand that they expect construction to be completed in time for the opening of their 2020-2021 season.

Members of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence, including the Chairman, visited the Center in December of last year to get briefed on the work of the Center and how the funding provided is being used.

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