Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (82)

Billy Timmins


177 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if it is his intention to introduce a follow up programme to replace the ACCESS programme to upgrade existing arts and heritage centres, especially the content and quality of the displays and interpretative material in these centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25546/04]

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

The ACCESS programme provided grants of €45.71 million for the development of 44 arts and cultural facilities around the country, and has transformed the level of access to the arts for a great many people in local communities. The provision of adequate facilities is a key element in making the arts something that everyone can enjoy and participate in.

I am currently reviewing the need for a successor programme to ACCESS, to address priority needs for the provision and upkeep of performance and display space following which I will engage in consultations with the Minister for Finance on the parameters for such a programme.