Thursday, 12 December 2019

Ceisteanna (41)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

41. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has met recently with a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52152/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

The group to which the Deputy refers, has a “Wires Crossed” project as part of the Galway 2020 Cultural Programme. which has been developed as a partnership across 10 European countries and is supported by European funding. I am aware that owing to recent changes in cover provided by insurance companies, many service providers including those in the tourism, leisure, children’s play facilities, as well as arts organisations that engage in aerial and street performance are experiencing significant difficulties in securing insurance. The board of Galway 2020, on which I am represented, is concerned to ensure full cover is in place so that next year’s programme is not affected.

In 2016, the Government established a Cost of Insurance Working Group, which is chaired by Minister of State Michael D’Arcy, who has special responsibility for insurance issues. The Working Group, as part of its remit, is also examining the issues encountered by the arts performance organisations. Neither I nor my Department have met with the organisation referred to by the Deputy.