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 Header Item Cultural Policy (Continued)
 Header Item Artists' Remuneration

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 899 No. 3

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[Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl] For example, will they address key areas? The Minister spoke about the transition from being a relatively monocultural society to a society which is diverse. I was at a small rural school recently where 26 nationalities were represented, and Culture 2025 has to take some of this on board. It also has to look at the relationship between the Arts Council and the local authorities who have a greater role in arts and culture development. It must also underwrite funding commitments for the national cultural institutions which cannot be left to flounder without adequate funding.

Deputy Heather Humphreys: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys There was a consultation process and it was good to get out there. I attended two of the meetings and all the stakeholders came together for the final one in Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin. It was a great opportunity for stakeholders to make their views known to me and my Department and to network. Some people might say we are moving this too quickly but I am very anxious to move it forward. This is our first ever cultural policy and I am not saying we will get all of it right the first time. As I said, it will be a living document. I promised we would have a cultural consultation day in order that whoever is in this job next year will allow it to take place. It is important that all the stakeholders in the arts and the cultural sector engage.

The core strands to emerge included the intrinsic value of culture. Culture is of value in and of itself to each person living here and to those who visit, as well as something which benefits the economy. Ireland is an island of rich and diverse cultural activity and the policy should reflect this. Multiculture is for everyone. It should be fully inclusive and celebrate every aspect of every culture in the State. As the Deputy pointed out, schools throughout the country have many different nationalities and it is important to embrace other cultures to make our own culture richer.

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The Minister will be publishing a strategy but many of us did not have the opportunity to engage in the consultations to the extent we might have and I have not seen the written submissions to the Department. Will the Minister give Members a commitment that she will publish the submissions, or at least a synopsis of them, in order that we can get an idea of the issues that arose at the consultations? This is important in order that we can all evaluate what came in and what the Department will ultimately produce.

Deputy Heather Humphreys: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys This has been a very open process and we will publish all the submissions. We want to put together the policy on the basis of those submissions so it is important they are all included as far as possible in the policy document. I will check with my officials whether it is possible to put them all online as that would be a very good idea. This is a new venture and we may not get all of it right first time. It is a living document and will evolve and it is not a policy that will be left sitting on a shelf. We will continue to look at it and may change aspects of it in consultation with stakeholders.

Artists' Remuneration

 47. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the provisions she will put in place to protect the rights of artists and to provide them with adequate remuneration for the use of their copyrighted works. [43464/15]

Deputy Sandra McLellan: Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan Will the Minister outline what provision she plans to put in place to protect the rights of artists and provide them with adequate remuneration for the use of their copyrighted works?

Deputy Heather Humphreys: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys In general, the law on copyright is a matter for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. My Department is aware of the importance of protecting the rights of artists, including the issues of protection of intellectual property in the digital age. EU policy in this regard is also significant.


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