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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 15, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    Waiting for white smoke

    Fiona McCann

    Arts organisations are due this week to find out what kind of Scrooge Santa Claus can be, when funding for next year is announced. Even those alread promised minimum funding will be on tenterhooks, given that everything is back on the table in the new (old) Ireland of the poor mouth and empty pocket. Deirdre Falvey’s Artscape outlined the current situation on Saturday, with a grim picture of a barely quorate Arts Council (still without a Chair, you’ll recall) attempting to redraw the money map for arts. Given that the funding and support for the arts is one of the few things this country has left to be proud of, it’s of no small concern to see how this plays out. Any suggestions on how what’s left of the funding after the Budget Blitzkrieg should be spent? Remember, the Arts Council Chair is still vacant: Answer wisely and it could be yours . . .  

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