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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Ceisteanna (527)

Fergus O'Dowd

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527. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media further to Parliamentary Question No. 260 of 22 June 2021, if she will seek an urgent further update as to the position of the case given that the live event is due to take place in the coming weeks; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40056/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Tourism)

I allocated €50 million in 2021 to a suite of measures to assist the arts and culture sector.  As part of that funding, on Tuesday June 15th I announced the allocations for the €25m Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS 2021). 

I was delighted to be in a position to fund 237 successful applications under this scheme, the details of which are available on my Department’s website.  There was a very high level of interest in this scheme, with over 400 applications requesting funding in excess of €80 million. Given the available funding of €25 million, difficult decisions had to be made and it was not be possible to award grants to everyone who applied.

The 237 grants awarded will help support employment and wellbeing opportunities across all genres and the continued production of high quality artistic output for the public.

In relation to the application to which the Deputy refers, the application was assessed by the Evaluation panel and a letter issued to the applicant earlier this week.

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