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In 2012, the National Campaign for the Arts worked hard to make a compelling and persuasive case for the arts. We directly informed politicians and public representatives across parties and independents, gathering considerable momentum. We contributed to public debate, now a matter of public record, in the Seanad and the Dail, and made a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
Now we look to 2013, where we know our work will be cut out for us on local turf the length and breadth of the country. And in the context of The Gathering and the EU Presidency, what is local will play out nationally and internationally. That work begins with Budget 2013.
Campaign Message - Budget 2013
We call on Minister Deenihan to protect the allocation of funding for the arts achieved through the Arts Council, Irish Film Board and Culture Ireland, and Minister Phil Hogan to protect Local Authority funding. Concerted action by our membership in the next three weeks is critical. Each one of you has a role to play.
Influence decision makers in your constituency and local authority area.
Action 1 - Email your TDs now.
Action 2 - Directly lobby your local representatives.
Your campaigning is vital.
FOCUS on your constituency and local authority area. ACT now. INFLUENCE the decision makers.
Warmest wishes, Louise O'Reilly, National Co-ordinator
Sent on behalf of the steering committee: Tania Banotti, Valerie Connor (Chair), Loughlin Deegan, Vincent Dempsey, Gerard Howlin, Fiach Mac Conghail, Niamh O'Donnell, Mags Walsh