Willie White (Director: Project Arts Centre) and I had a meeting with Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Ind.), this morning, Friday September the 4th at the Dail.
After a positive discussion Maureen has agreed to make a representation on behalf of the group to the Minister looking for the key points of (a) Retaining Arts Council funding at the current level, (b) Retaining Culture Ireland, (c) Keeping the Film Board independent, (d) Retaining DAST at the cabinet table.
It was an interesting discussion and Maureen was well informed, particularly on more community based arts projects – which is not surprising given her background and constituency. The google map is a powerful tool in showing the cultural richness of the area, please keep adding when you can. Also the fact that for the first time TDs are being approached by arts workers making our lives in their communities, gives a solidity to the message.
Clearly this is only one small step , but it is a good one, and good to have our first TD actively on our side.
Maureen made the point that TDs do respond to written or emailed representations, and that as part of this we should look at all members making an effort to write to our local TDs and Councillors.
This could be something to look at in the near future.
All the best,