Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Sarah Durcan and Gary Gannon, Social Democrats candidates in Dublin Bay South and Dublin Central respectively, launch the party’s Arts and Culture manifesto for General Election 2020.
Sarah Durcan, a member of the Waking The Feminists movement and former board member of the Abbey Theatre, says that Ireland has an international reputation for a rich and vibrant arts and cultural sector “yet it suffers as a result of a lack of investment and the foresight to encourage creativity”.
The party has committted to increasing Arts and Culture spending to the EU average over the next five years – double the present spend.
The party also is proposing drama and theatre studies as a Leaving Certificate subject.
And special commercial rates for creative and art spaces as well as ‘rates holidays’ for new projects are also part of the plans.
Affordable living spaces for artists should also be encouraged, say the party, while it wants an expansion of tax breaks for low income artists….