Posts Tagged ‘NCFA’

Hustings about Arts Policies

16th February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Ireland’s media is alight with General Election 2016 coverage, and there are hustings being organised up and down the country. Some have a focus on asking politicians direct questions about their parties’ arts policies. Keep an eye out for ones in your area.

Here’s a few to attend:

  • The Galway West Branch of the NCFA will host a Hustings event from 11am, on Wednesday, 17 February at The Mick Lally Theatre.
  • The Cork South-West branch of the NCFA has arranged a public meeting with Dáil Candidates from 6.30pm on Thursday 18 February at the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre.
  • The NCFA: Hit the Hustings will be held in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Lecture Hall, in Dublin from 12.30pm – 2pm on Friday 19 FebruaryRegister online here.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a useful page on its web site regarding Party Policies and Manifestos: General Election 2016.

And please take the time to vote on Friday, 26 February!

Election 2016

3rd February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Today the Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolved the Dáil and called the General Election for Friday, 26 February.

If you want to vote you will need to be included in the Register of Electors, so please check that you are registered at the correct address.

Friday, 5 February is the closing date for your Local Authority to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the Postal or Special voters list for the general election. Tuesday, 9 February is the closing date for your Local Authority to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the register of electors for the general election.

This is a perfect opportunity for WGI members to remind politicians seeking election about the cultural and economic contribution the arts bring to the Irish economy, and the need for it to be supported in a practical fashion.

Sheila Pratschke, chairwoman of the Arts Council, discussed this in her recent article for the Irish Examiner: “In this centenary year, let’s get behind the arts in Ireland.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a handy manifesto on its web site for those who would like specific goals to discuss with your canvassing local representatives when they land on your doorstep.

A useful strategy could be to print out a couple of copies of the manifesto and leave them in your hallway so they are nearby when you greet a petitioning candidate.

The web site Elections Ireland should have a good list of the candidates in the various constituencies, and their contact information, if you wish to contact them about your concerns in the coming weeks.

Let’s keep the arts on the political agenda during the coming conversations.