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Press release :: 22 June :: Government announces change of Department title

June 23 2016, at 1.33pm


Government announces change of Department title to Arts , Heritage, Rural, Regional & Gaeltacht Development


Unanimous support for motion on the Arts as presented by Niamh Smyth TD (FF) by all parties to a full public gallery


Richard Boyd Barrett TD added an amendment to the motion calling for an increase in arts funding, to bring it in line with the European average of 0.6% of GDP



The National Campaign for the Arts was represented by a full public gallery in the Dáil and overflow rooms today on the occasion of a private members motion on the Arts by Niamh Smyth TF (FF). We welcomed the debate and motion as set out by Niamh Smyth, TD and that fact that this motion was accepted by all parties in the house.


Many of the speakers remarked how unusual it was to have such a large number of people in the public gallery; demonstrating the importance of this campaign.


The campaign noted the strong commitment on all sides of the house to the development and agreement of a new national cultural policy with real vision, ambition and concrete targets and looks forward to a robust, democratic process of policy making, involving all parties through the Joint Committee for the Arts as well as the Dáil.


The NCFA welcome that the government, in the course of this evening’s debate, announced a change of title for the department; which was read into the Dáil record by Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD as The Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional & Gaeltacht Development.


The NCFA also welcomed the amendment to the motion by Richard Boyd Barrett, TD which included an increase in funding for the Arts to 0.6% of GDP which if adopted, would have a transformative effect on the Arts in Ireland.


During the course of the debate there were contributions by the following 26 Ministers and TDs:

Niamh Smyth (FF), Minister Heather Humphreys (FG), Minister Finian McGrath (Ind), Peadar Toibín (SF), Gerry Adams (SF), Aengus O’ Snodaigh (SF), Maurice Quinlivan (SF), Carol Nolan (SF), Joan Burton (Lab), Richard Boyd Barrett (AAA PBP), Mick Barry (AAA PBP), Maureen O’Sullivan (Ind), Thomas Pringle (Ind), Catherine Connolly (Ind), Michael Healy-Rae (Ind), Michael Collins (Ind), Danny Healy-Rae (Ind), Catherine Murphy (Soc Dem), Catherine Martin (Green), Micheál Martin (FF), Hildegard Naughton (FG), Tom Neville (FG), Junior Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG),  Junior Minister Helen McEntee (FG), Kevin O’Keeffe (FF) and Aindrias Moynihan (FF).


The Campaign

Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland.  The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:


  1. Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average

  2. Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee.

  3. Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.

  4. Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving

  5. Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds.

  6. Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department.


* = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants


For further information, visit www.ncfa.ie.


For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie

086 250 3751


What Next? This is Next.

June 20 2016, at 2.17pm


WHAT NEXT? THIS IS NEXT

Following the What Next? public meeting, a regular What Next? meeting will take place every Wednesday morning over the summer from 8.30am to 10am.

We are grateful to Visual Artists Ireland for the use of their meeting room.

All are welcome to join one or more of these meetings at:

7/9 Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Court, Dublin 2. 

Find on Google Maps. 


Pack the Dáil this Weds 22 June 2016

June 20 2016, at 2.08pm


PACK THE DÁIL WITH ARTISTS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING

As previously announced, Fianna Fáil have called a Dáíl debate on the Arts which will take place on Wednesday 22nd June from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. The motion is very comprehensive, you can read it here.

We need the visitors' gallery at the Dáíl to be packed with artists and arts workers for the debate.

This was very effective back in June 2012 when we packed the gallery - it means other TDs will speak and acknowledge the presence of the people who are there.

We need you to do the following immediately:

1. Contact all TDs that you’ve previously been in touch with and urge them to be there to represent you, their constituents, at the debate.

2. If you can be in Dublin for the debate, ask your TD to arrange visitor passes so you can be there.

You'll find a full list with contact details for all TDs in your constituency at the link here

Please join us in maximising the impact of this important moment in our collective campaign for an All-Party Approach to the National Cultural Policy, Culture 2025


Opposition Parties Put the Arts Centre Stage - NCFA Welcomes Political Progress

June 15 2016, at 1.33pm


Press Release - 

OPPOSITION PARTIES PUT THE ARTS CENTRE STAGE 

NCFA WELCOMES POLITICAL PROGRESS 

15 June 2016 - The National Campaign for the Arts welcomes the increased engagement of the opposition and the government with the national debate on the vital role of the arts in Irish life.  

The NCFA has engaged with all sides on this issue in an effort to secure an all-party approach to arts and culture. This has led to commitments from Taoiseach Enda Kenny 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.

The NCFA looks forward to the upcoming Dáil debate on the arts. This debate will take place on foot of a Fianna Fáil motion tabled by Arts spokesperson Niamh Smyth to put the arts centre stage next Tuesday. 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 over the coming week.

Ireland remains at the bottom of the European League for Government Investment in Culture and the Arts. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. The NCFA is seeking an increase over the lifetime of the government to half the European average i.e. 0.3%.

//ENDS

Editor’s Notes:

The Campaign: Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland.  The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:

  • Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average
  • Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee.
  • Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.
  • Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving
  • Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds.
  • Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department.


* = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants

For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie


NCFA Newsletter: June 2016

June 10 2016, at 1.07pm


NCFA Newsletter: 7 June 2016 -

In recent weeks the NCFA has been busy garnering support for our collective Manifesto and our call for an All-Party Approach to the National Cultural Policy.

Together with a body of Volunteer Coordinators we are seeking to activate communities of support in each Irish Constituency. Groups are now active in most Constituencies - through online forums, in-person discussions and letter-writing campaigns.

We have called for our membership to write to or email their local representatives and we have already had responses from and meetings with many TDs.

Over 50 parliamentary questions were posed to Minister Heather Humphreys this past week, which shows the level of impact the campaign has had so far around the country.

Read on for more information on our ongoing work and to find out how you can lend your voice to the Campaign.

Thank you for your continued support.

Meetings and Engagements

NCFA Representatives from the Meath East Constituency met recently with government Chief Whip Regina Doherty. This was a positive meeting during which our Manifesto was clearly communicated and heard.

Further meetings have been confirmed with Labour leader Brendan Howlin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams for the coming weeks, as well as with Fianna Fáil’s arts spokesperson Niamh Smyth.

We remain committed to advocating on behalf of all members of the NCFA and to driving home the key asks laid out in the NCFA Manifesto.

We will keep you up to date on the outcomes of these conversations. 

Write to your Local Representatives

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to write to or email your TDs and Senators, using the sample letter template available for download from our website.

Please keep us informed if you receive a reply or an offer of a meeting. We would welcome the chance to work with you to support your efforts within your own Constituency.

What Next? Thurs 9 June

There was an overwhelming response to the announcement of the first What Next? NCFA conversation: a public meeting for the arts community in Project Arts Centre on Thursday 9 June from 09.45 – 11.15.

This event is now fully booked but we will have updates on the outcomes of the conversation later in the week.

What Next? is a national movement of arts and cultural organisations, artists, funders, policy makers, institutions. Initiated in the UK, the purpose of the forum is to come together regularly to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in society. What Next? is interested in how we can act together to make change happen and how we can hold an authentic conversation about value with decision makers, the public and each other.

Speakers at the 9 June Dublin event will include Hannah Bird (National Movement Lead, What Next?) and Brian Sheehan (Co-Director, YES Equality).

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