Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (260)

Micheál Martin


260. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the role she has in relation to the operation of a theatre (details supplied); the reason for policy interventions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1819/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht I have responsibility for setting overall vision and strategic direction for Ireland’s cultural sector. I acknowledge the necessity for this theatre, as with all theatres, to have a level of artistic freedom in terms of its programming but I also recognise the necessity for a strong working relationship with all its stakeholders.

This theatre to which the Deputy refers is not a State Body as defined by the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. It is a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Acts. Its Board consists of the Chair and 10 ordinary members.

My Department undertakes the following main functions in relation to this theatre:-

- As Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, I appoint the Chair and two of the ordinary members of the Board. Of the remaining members, one is a staff representative and seven are appointed by a Selection Committee.

- My Department provides the theatre's annual capital grant. The Arts Council provides the theatre's annual current grant.

- Funding for the theatre's development project under Project Ireland 2040.