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Arts sector’s plan for survival

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Independent Galway producer Féilim O’hAoláin of the National Campaign for the Arts.

The Government must recognise that money invested in the arts is money well-spent and must accept that sector has the “expertise, wisdom and acumen” to emerge from the current crisis.

That’s according to the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), which gave a presentation to TDs from all constituencies this week on the dire state of the sector.

The NCFA, which has strong Galway representation, insists that arts workers must not be left behind as Ireland emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Attempts to re-stimulate the arts and culture sector down the line will be unachievable. There will be far too little left for any meaningful revival of the ecosystem that salves, sustains and sells our country,” warns the group.

The NCFA has presented TDS with a plan for the survival and recovery of Ireland’s arts and culture sector.

It was drawn up following cross-sector surveys, research, discussions, financial analyses and projections by artists, arts workers, arts organisations and agencies nationwide.

As an immediate response, the NCFA wants the Government to invest an extra €20 million in Arts Council funding to support workers in the sector.

Extending the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, meanwhile, would assist artists and arts workers affected by the crisis, while arts organisations also need to receive the Covid Wage Subsidy Scheme until they are viable again.

The NCFA wants the Arts Council to provide a range of investments that “respond directly to people’s needs, including new schemes and considerable increases to project awards, commissions and bursaries”.

When it comes to grant applications for next year, the NCFA calling on the Arts Council to “streamline and simplify” the tortuous process that many applicants have to go through annually.

The Arts Council should also regard this year’s grant allocations as a basis for next year, and “find resources to guarantee at least repeat funding to all organisations in 2021”, says the NCFA. It’s calling on the Government to facilitate this by increasing funding to the Arts Council.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.

It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.

Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.

“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.

He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.

Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.

In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.

“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.

(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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