Councillor slams Druid over Galway 2020 funding complaint

Cllr Declan McDonnell

A Galway City councillor has slammed Druid Theatre for publicly announcing that its planned project for Galway 2020 had been withdrawn because 2020 had failed to come up with the agreed funding for the event, Middle Island.

Cllr Declan McDonnell told meeting of the Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture Meeting in City Hall last Thursday that negativity surrounding the announcement had been unwelcome.

“I’m annoyed that Druid came out to say it is not taking part due to lack of funding – we as a City Council support it substantially under arts grants. If there are difficulties, they should be kept within ourselves, instead of running to RTÉ,” he said. He was referring to City Council funding that goes towards Druid’s annual productions.

The meeting followed the announcement that two Board members of Galway 2020 had resigned; the CEO of Galway International Arts Festival, John Crumlish, and former European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn.
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