The Report of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce was published in September 2021 and it contained 36 practical recommendations in the areas of regulation, licensing, planning, transport, safety and increasing the diversity of activities as part of the night-time offering.
Following consideration of the establishment of Night-Time Culture Mayors in Dublin and Cork by the Taskforce as per the Taskforce's Terms of Reference, Action 19 was agreed. This Action within the Report calls for a pilot initiative to establish new "Night-Time Advisors" in six cities and towns to develop new Night-Time Economy opportunities. Establishment of Night-Time Advisors in Dublin and Cork will be considered within this context.
The County and City Management Association (CCMA) are leading on this initiative with support from my Department. The pilot will run for a two year period and the CCMA recently issued a call for applications to all local authorities for the six pilot towns/cities which will close on the 24th June. An evaluation committee with membership from the CCMA, my Department and an external independent member will review applications.
Once appointed, the Night-Time Advisor will establish a Night-Time Economy Committee which will consist of artists, cultural facilities, event promoters, festival organisers, hospitality interests, local champions, public bodies, retailers and other businesses, residents, venue owners/operators. The Advisor will ensure that all existing local structures are assessed to ensure synergies are developed where possible and that duplication of effort is avoided.
A key element of this initiative will also include an extensive consultation process led by the Advisor, who will engage the local community in the process of developing ideas for the NTE in their own locality. The Advisor will develop a cohesive action plan for the specific town/city and it will contain key deliverables, including a range of proven interventions and the identification of potential funding streams to support the NTE in the chosen cities/towns.
The learning from these pilot projects will be shared with the CCMA who, in consultation with other key stakeholders including my Department and others can then form a view on the future of the initiative and whether it should be extended to other areas.
I look forward to the establishment and work of the Night-Time advisors, as it will be another significant step towards securing a vibrant and importantly a more sustainable night-time culture for all our citizens.