Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (233)

Charlie O'Connor

Ceist:

362 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the details of his continued efforts to provide increased funding for the arts; if his attention has been drawn to the importance of his endeavours which is appreciated by many; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2786/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

I am acutely aware of the importance of achieving the best possible outcome for the funding of the arts. I am happy that the €52.5 million provided in 2004 for the Arts Council represents an increase of some 19% on the 2003 figure. This was an extremely positive outcome given the general level of demand for Exchequer funding.