Cuts could mean loss of arts office

Further funding cuts to Kilkenny County Council’s arts budget could result in the loss of the Arts Office, a local councillor has warned.

Further funding cuts to Kilkenny County Council’s arts budget could result in the loss of the Arts Office, a local councillor has warned.

“Any more funding cuts, and we might not have an Arts Office in Kilkenny,” Cllr John Brennan (FG) said in the wake of a meeting of the council’s committee that covers the arts.

At that meeting, members put forward a motion to be discussed by the full council “that no further cuts be considered in 2013 in relation to funding for arts and tourism.”

“In my opinion we need a full-time arts officer and a tourism officer because of the important role that tourism and the arts play in promoting Kilkenny city and county and the huge investment that it brings into the area. And we can’t take that for granted,” said Cllr Brennan, who is chairman of the committee.

On the idea of losing Kilkenny’s Arts Office and arts officer, he said: “That would be a disaster if that were done.”