Phelan welcomes €1.8bn EU funding for arts, heritage

Labour Party TD Ann Phelan has welcomed an EU initiative that will provide significant funding for local cultural and amateur groups in Kilkenny.

Labour Party TD Ann Phelan has welcomed an EU initiative that will provide significant funding for local cultural and amateur groups in Kilkenny.

Announced by Labour Party MEP Nessa Childers, it is part of an EU-wide focus on funding for arts and culture organisations that allows local groups to apply for financial aid.

Speaking at the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny where she chaired the seminar last week, Deputy Phelan said: “Arts and culture are part of our heritage here in Ireland and are part of what we are, and now, because of this great initiative, local groups can apply for much-needed finance.”

“It is wonderful to have Nessa Childers here in Kilkenny at the forefront of a €1.8 billion European initiative that will provide further vital investment and much needed jobs here in Kilkenny,” she said. “It is also so appropriate that this is announced here in Kilkenny – a city that is steeped in heritage and culture.”

“Heritage is such an integral part of our national as well as international profile. We have a fantastic store house of natural and historical landscapes and artefacts which lends itself to the creation of many jobs in this country. This merges nicely with the Heritage Council of Ireland’s new policy document outlining 16 key objectives for the management of our heritage,” Deputy Phelan said.