Fianna Fáil TD, Declan Breathnach has called on the Government to ensure increased funding for the Arts.

Commenting on the issue, Deputy Breathnach said, “Louth like the rest of the country has had funding for the Arts reduced by 50%. Over two thousand people attend weekly Arts events in Louth – this clearly underscores the importance of such events in our area.

“In 2015, the Arts Council provided €300,000 of funding to the Arts community in Louth, however this is almost half of what was previously received. For every €1 that Louth County Council invests in the arts sector, it creates another €4.70 in return. This money is directly fed back into the local area.

“My party and I are committed to protecting and supporting the Arts community. Furthermore, Fianna Fáil used its Dáil time this week to highlight the importance of the Arts sector in Ireland. The Private Members motion, which was debated yesterday, focuses on the main issues facing the arts community.

“The Arts are vital to the fabric of Irish life. We have a rich Arts history in Ireland, from Yeats and Kavanagh to Roddy Doyle and organisations such as Comhaltas. We must do all that is necessary to nurture and maintain this rich history, it is essential that the government increase investment in the sector,” concluded Deputy Breathnach.