Dáil Éireann - Volume 668 - 19 November, 2008

Written Answers. - Arts Funding.

Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if his Department has completed its active internal discussions on the position paper prepared by the Arts Council [131] which deals with encouraging philanthropic supports of the arts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41214/08]

  Deputy Martin Cullen: In the Arts and Culture Plan 2008 my Department indicated that it aims to undertake a programme to encourage philanthropic support of the arts. In response to that the Arts Council, which is funded by my Department, has completed a position paper on the subject. The paper is very thought provoking and provides many interesting ideas in which this much under utilised source of funding for the arts could be harnessed.

This paper is currently under consideration taking into account that the financial environment against which such proposals must now be considered is changed vastly since publication of my Department’s Plan and receipt of the Arts Council’s paper.

My Department will revert to the Arts Council in due course.