Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (67)

Pat Breen


162 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the position regarding the proposed academy for the performing arts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25543/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

In January 2003, it was decided that responsibility for an Irish academy for the performing arts would be transferred to my Department from the Department of Education and Science. The likely timescale for the commencement of the project is dependent on how it is decided to proceed. I have already stated previously that one of my priorities, as Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, is to examine the synergy between the education and the arts. Many communities, schools and universities contribute enormously to the furtherance of arts education and training. It is in this context that my Department will be examining the issue. Until such time as I have concluded my deliberations and decided the most appropriate course of action, it will not be possible to indicate a likely timescale. Capital funding is currently not available to progress the development of the project.