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Martin, Catherine

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Covid-19 (Arts): Statements

Táim buíoch an deis seo a bheith agam chun plé a dhéanamh ar chúrsaí cultúrtha agus ealaíne. Aithníonn an Rialtas an tábhacht atá ag baint leis an gcultúr agus leis na healaíona don duine daonna, ...More Button

The Government recognises the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing the arts, live performance promoters, producers and artists, not least from a financial point of view. For the past six...More Button

A particular focus of my approach and that of my Department is to engage in continuous and extensive consultation with all stakeholders, including individual artists, arts organisations, represen...More Button

The Arts Council is the statutory body charged with supporting and developing the arts in Ireland. It is statutorily independent in its funding decisions and I, as Minister, cannot intervene in ...More Button

I have a background in music and performance and am acutely aware of the challenges being faced by artists and musicians across the country as a result of this devastating pandemic. Many artists...More Button

Covid-19 (Arts): Statements (Continued)

It is important to note that the council has reported that to date in 2020 a very significant proportion of its grants to individuals were made to artists who had never before received Arts Council...More Button

I will turn now to the July stimulus package and give the House a description of the work which has been done over the past few months in rolling out the stimulus. In the area of culture, creati...More Button

Musicians and music performers across all genres face particular difficulties. The music stimulus package, which is part of the culture fund, is a dedicated fund of €1 million for musicians. It...More Button

The three schemes are targeted at professional musicians and their teams and will support songwriting camps, recordings and album releases. The aim is to ensure Irish musicians, engineers, PR, m...More Button

The additional moneys allocated in this job stimulus package includes an increase in the Arts Council 2020 allocation from €100 million to €105 million, some 40% higher than in 2019. Among other...More Button

A sum of €1 million in extra supports was made available to help key cultural organisations in receipt of annual funding from the Department to deal with the difficulties of operating in a Covid-...More Button

Capital funding of €6 million is available to accelerate the redevelopment and renewal of our national cultural institutions envisaged under the national development plan. Over the coming 18 mon...More Button

The additional capital in the July stimulus has allowed me to allocate funding to the Irish Museum of Modern Art to invest in a new collections management system, as well as to the National Conce...More Button

I am conscious of the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing live performance promoters and producers, not least from a financial point of view, and the wider impact that has on the sector'...More Button

The scheme will help to de-risk the cost of preparing for new productions which may subsequently have to be postponed, cancelled or curtailed due to restrictions to safeguard public health. The ...More Button

The balance of the production support package was allocated to Screen Ireland, which put in place a pilot €5 million production continuation fund for film and television projects to assist produc...More Button

An amount of €3 million was allocated to Screen Ireland's television drama fund to support the production of new Irish TV drama content in line with the Government's audiovisual action plan and b...More Button

I have given the House a very brief outline of the extensive work being undertaken by my Department and its agencies in the areas of the arts. It will take me many hours to give Deputies a good ...More Button

I thank Deputies for their contributions to the debate. I recognise that everyone who has contributed is as passionate about the arts as I am. I looked across the House during the debate and I sa...More Button

I will try to respond to as many of the queries I can, given the time available to me. I am acutely aware of the difficulties facing the arts, culture, audiovisual, live entertainment and events...More Button

I have had several meetings with the National Campaign for the Arts, the Event Industry Alliance, the Arts Council, Screen Ireland and the national cultural institutions. Officials in my Departm...More Button

A number of Deputies raised the pandemic unemployment payment. I am conscious that the changes to it and to the wage subsidy scheme affect the lives of thousands of artists and workers across th...More Button

Several Deputies mentioned the live performance scheme. As I emphasised during Question Time last week, that is a pilot scheme of €5 million to see if it would work and that would inform me in m...More Button

Deputy Cathal Crowe raised the issue of Irish dancing. As Minister, I have responsibility for both sport and the arts and my officials will examine the protocols for dancing. He also mentioned ar...More Button

Deputy Gannon raised the Arts Council. He is not here but he may appreciate that I am not privy to operational matters. I give him a commitment that I will get back to him if he wishes to conta...More Button

Deputy Grealish mentioned the regional uplift. While budget 2021 is a matter for the Minister for Finance, I will take every opportunity at Cabinet to highlight the importance and value of the c...More Button

Deputy Guirke raised musicians and we are looking at a number of initiatives to support them especially. I have met members of MEAI, and my officials are in ongoing engagement with them.More Button

I assure Deputy Boyd Barrett that I am far from silent on this issue and I think my Cabinet colleagues will attest to that. We had a conversation last week about how passionate I am and I share ...More Button

I will definitely look into Deputy Ó Cathasaigh's suggestion to commission, record and archive.More Button

I completely agree with Deputy Ó Broin's analysis of the events industry. In particular, in my opening remarks I stated that it is worth €3.5 billion and it is very difficult for this sector whi...More Button

Regarding the points made by Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, the dementia-inclusive live azure tours are delivered via Zoom and are available to people living with dementia, their families, friends and p...More Button

Deputy Boyd Barrett referred to a legacy of lip service being paid to the arts, musicians and actors. We had this debate last week and I fully agree with him on that. It is time to back that up...More Button

I agree with Deputy O'Connor on the make-up of the task force. I have appointed arts practitioners to the task force, including musicians such Mr. Martin Hayes, Ms Denise Chaila, Ms Eleanor McEv...More Button

I hope I have addressed all of the questions. If there are outstanding issues, Members should contact me or my officials and we will definitely follow up on them. I will conclude by referring t...More Button

Tuigeann gach duine san Rialtas go bhfuil na healaíona riachtanach agus tá sé mar dhualgas orm a chinntiú go ndéanfar beart de réir briathar ó thaobh tacaíochta de.More Button

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed)

Note: Ministerial and Departmental titles have been updated in the Question text in anticipation of the relevant Government orders to give legal effect to the Taoiseach’s announcement in Dáil...More Button

State Bodies

Was asked: the breakdown of salaries, expenses and so on paid to Board members of RTÉ in each of the years 2016 to 2019 and to date in 2020.More Button

As Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, I have responsibility for the governance of RTÉ to ensure the company is fully compliant with the Code of Practice for the Govern...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Was asked: her plans regarding cancelled events and festivals in County Louth (details supplied).More Button

Festivals and participative events, many of which are supported by Fáilte Ireland, support the tourism industry by motivating people to travel, to generate footfall, economic activity and – importa...More Button

However, as we balance managing virus-related risks with facilitating continued economic and social activity, we must limit gatherings and group social interactions in order to suppress the sprea...More Button

Fáilte Ireland is working with local stakeholders in County Louth to enhance and promote the county’s overall tourism offering and to maximise the tourism and overall economic return. Fáilte Ire...More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 51.More Button

Sports Capital Programme

Was asked: when applications will be open for the next phase of sports capital grants (details supplied).More Button

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout...More Button

The most recent (2018) round of the SCP attracted a record 2,337 applications. Allocations were announced in January, May and November of last year with a total of over €56 million awarded to 1,6...More Button

The priority to date this year has been to advance all projects previously allocated funding to ensure the facilities are available for use and that the relevant grants are drawn down. In this re...More Button

With regard to future rounds of the programme, a full Review of the 2018 round of the SCP has now been completed and the terms and conditions of the next round of the programme will be based on ...More Button

Was asked: when the sports capital grant scheme funding rounds will be opened in 2020 and 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout...More Button

The most recent (2018) round of the SCP attracted a record 2,337 applications. Allocations were announced in January, May and November of last year with a total of over €56 million awarded to 1,6...More Button

The priority to date this year has been to advance all projects previously allocated funding to ensure the facilities are available for use and that the relevant grants are drawn down. In this re...More Button

With regard to future rounds of the programme, a full Review of the 2018 round of the SCP has now been completed and the terms and conditions of the next round of the programme will be based on t...More Button

Was asked: if a capital sports grant appeal by a club (details supplied) will be examined.More Button

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout...More Button

The organisation referred to by the Deputy submitted an application under the 2018 round of the SCP. Due to the high level of demand, the bottom scoring 25% of applications in each county were n...More Button

The appeal's process has now closed for the 2018 SCP and no further appeals are being accepted. It is expected that a new round of the SCP will be open for applications in the near future and it...More Button

Departmental Projects

Was asked: the status of the development of the website of her Department (details supplied).More Button

The Transfer of Functions Order, bringing Tourism and Sport functions to my Department, was approved by Government on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, and came into effect the following day. Media func...More Button

An Coimisinéir Teanga

Leagtar amach in Alt 114 d'Acht 2009 príomhchuspóirí agus cumhachtaí gaolmhara RTÉ, agus sainítear gur More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: the advice and position of sporting clubs and organisations in County Dublin to travel outside of the county to participate and play sport while the county is in phase three of Living with Covid-19...More Button

Under Level 3 of the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19, no matches or sports events are permitted other than those which are specifically exempted...More Button

Departmental Data

Was asked: the cost to her Department to date of all fines paid by Ireland for non-transposition of EU directives into Irish law; the breakdown, by directive of the lump sum cost and the daily cost of each fi...More Button

I am advised that my Department is not subject to any EU fines for non-transposition of EU directives into Irish law and has not incurred any costs in this regard during 2019 or to date in 2020.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff in her Department on sick leave between March and September by month in 2019 and to date 2020; the pay arrangements that exist for staff on sick leave for an extended period of ...More Button

Data supplied to my Department on the Human Resources reporting system is still aligned to the former Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The information is supplied for that Departm...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the level of additional expenditure in 2021, in comparison to 2020, disaggregated by precommitted expenditure, such as demographics, PSSA and so on, Covid-19 related expenditure and Brexit-related ...More Button

The overall spending allocations for my Department for 2021 will be announced as part of Budget Estimates 2021, which are due to be published on Tuesday, 13 October. As budgetary n...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if she has engaged a third-party company in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020 to conduct online and or social media monitoring and or provide reports on social media coverage of he...More Button

I have been informed by officials in my Department that no third-party company has been engaged in social media monitoring and, therefore, no expenditure was incurred in relation to social media mo...More Button