Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (73)

Tom Neville

Ceist:

73. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of the cultural ambassadors initiative; and the ambassador with connections to County Limerick. [1776/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

On Monday 7 January, 2019 I announced the appointment of five Cultural Ambassadors to assist in and enhance the promotion of Ireland in the global arena under the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 initiative.

Master musician and founding member of The Gloaming, Martin Hayes, leading architects, Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects, award winning actress Ruth Negga and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon have all accepted the role of Cultural Ambassador for a period of three years.

The Cultural Ambassadors will serve for a period of three years. In their role they will endeavour to raise the public focus on arts and culture as a means of promoting Ireland globally, provide advice and input on strategic cultural initiatives and participate in key events and projects.

The first such event is a conference of cultural stakeholders being held on 24 January which will discuss and debate how best to advance Ireland’s global visibility and strengthen global relationships. Further appointments of Cultural Ambassadors may be made over time in line with the Government's geographic and other priorities.

Among the five newly appointed Cultural Ambassadors is an award- winning actress, Ruth Negga, who is based in London at present but comes originally from County Limerick.

Ruth Negga is an exceptionally talented and versatile actress with a body of work that spans award-winning theatre productions, big screen historical dramas, independent films and innovative television series.

For her performances, Ruth’s accolades include Academy Award, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations, Irish Film & Television Award and Irish Times Award for Best Actress.