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Factsheet for measure IE-2020-32/1745 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 03 August 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||29 January 2021 (updated 02 February 2021)|
A range of supports were introduced for the arts, culture and live performance sectors. In December, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin said arts and culture have been hard hit by COVID-19, and this has been recognised by Government with a series of funding supports throughout 2020.
The supports introduced include:
A total of 58 organisations benefited from the Live Performance Support Scheme up to 25 November 2020.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Irish Equity, the union which represents Professionals in the live performance and theatre sector (part of SIPTU) welcomed the announcement of critical investment in the Arts but said there is not enough focus on retaining artists and arts workers in the sector. “Artists and workers are being prevented from working because of the restrictions on gatherings and they need urgent and ongoing financial support. With the Arts, Culture and Entertainment expected to be hit harder by job losses than any other sector of the economy, funding must targeted towards those artists and creatives who are most exposed." Karan O'Loughlin said.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals|
Eurofound (2021), Range of supports introduced for the arts, culture and performance sectors, measure IE-2020-32/1745 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2020-32_1745.html
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