Taoiseach Enda Kenny commits to bring the draft national cultural strategy (Culture 2025) to the Oireachtas Arts Committee for discussion and finalisation, having been raised on the Order of Business by Labour leader Brendan Howlin. It is vital that the final strategy is backed up by long-term funding commitments.
A debate on the arts will take place in the Dáil on Tuesday 21 June. This is on foot of a Fianna Fáil motion tabled by Arts spokesperson Niamh Smyth to put the arts centre stage.
These actions are the result of increased lobbying of government from the arts community, representative bodies, media and the National Campaign for the Arts in recent weeks. The NCFA will be meeting with party leaders Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats), Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin) and Mícheál Martin (Fianna Fáil) to continue to make the case for the arts and culture over the coming week.