Question to the Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht (Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D.)
To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht recognising the cultural importance and economic significance of the Cork Film Festival to the city and region, if he will provide an update on the funding position and the reasons for delays in providing funding to the festival; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 16th April, 2013.
My Department has no role in funding the Cork Film Festival and I understand that the main funders are Cork City Council and the Arts Council.
While the Arts Council receives its overall funding allocation from my Department, decisions on the expenditure of those funds are a matter for the Arts Council itself. Under the Arts Act 2003, I am precluded by law from intervening in the Council’s decisions on funding.