Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (179)

Joan Collins

Question:

179. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if grants are available for Irish dancing groups to assist them in attending world championships; and if he will list those grants and the way to apply for them. [33700/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The Culture Ireland Division of the Department supports and promotes Irish arts worldwide. The aim of the programme is to create career opportunities for Irish artists and to develop new audiences for Irish arts. The Culture Ireland programme does not however fund participation in events of a competitive nature, including dancing championships. The programme's funding covers professional artists/companies and includes traditional arts where they have opportunities to present in key international venues to open audiences.