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Day 15 #GE16 : We're Standing Up for Irish Culture

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 01:57 PM

Today we launched our plan for promoting arts, culture and heritage in the Project Arts Centre with Tánaiste Joan Burton, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Kevin Humphreys and Tony Award winning director Garry Hynes.

Ireland is a country with an extraordinarily rich heritage on which to base our cultural identity. Who we are as a people is firmly grounded in an outstanding foundation of artistic and cultural achievement and excellence. We believe that participation in and enjoyment of the arts and our cultural institutions should be for the many, not the few. That’s why we will push for greater access and more innovative uses of our artistic and cultural resources to the benefit of all our citizens.

 

Speaking at the launch the Tánaiste said: “Irish artists continued to produce world-class content throughout the darkest days of the crisis. They are cultural ambassadors for our country, and the work they produce has immense social, economic and reputational benefit for Ireland.

 

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin added: "As a nation, we are known around the world for the richness of our artistic and creative talent. The Labour Party has a proud record of supporting the arts and culture and protecting our heritage. I am proud that we continue to do so in our General Election proposals. We want to see culture and the arts continue to grow and thrive for the enjoyment of everyone."

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