Art Minister announces Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, has announced the membership of the Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force. Martin previously announce that RTÉ's former head of Radio, Clare Duignan, would lead the taskforce. Singer and Songwriter Denise Chaila and fiddle player Martin Hayes will join the taskforce long with 15 other members who will be selected by various Arts organisations.

Speaking today, Catherine Martin said: “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the arts and culture sectors.  Live performances, theatre, music and events have all but disappeared from society.  Identifying ways of preserving and re-establishing this once-vibrant, heart-warming and magical sector will be a mammoth task.  The membership of the Task Force that I am appointing holds a wealth of experience and talent and I have no doubt that collectively they will rise to the challenge.  I look forward to receiving the Report in due course.”

The other members will be choosen by the following organisations: -

  • Arts Council
  • Business to Arts
  • Council of the National Cultural Institutions
  • County and City Management Association (CCMA)
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht
  • Department of Social Protection
  • Ealaín na Gaeltachta
  • Events Industry Alliance
  • Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • National Campaign for the Arts
  • Irish Music Rights Organisation
  • Irish Theatre Institute
  • Screen Ireland
  • Screen Producers Ireland