Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on the EU Institutions to sufficiently finance programmes for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
The Ireland South MEP made the call for investment in the Cultural Heritage Sector ahead of next year’s inaugural event.
“Culture and heritage are vital to our communities, they are what make us unique, giving us a sense of place and identity while also offering something different to visitors,” she said.
“It would be a shame if Ireland, renowned across the world for its influence on arts, literature and music, let the very first European Year of Cultural Heritage go by, without properly celebrating it.
“As a coordinator on the committee of Budgets, I have been consistently calling for investment in culture, heritage and the arts. With 2018 fast approaching, we must now finalise the details and make the funding available to local communities so that Ireland can play a full part in what promises to be a fantastic Europe wide expression of culture.
“This is not only an opportunity to learn about other cultures and express our own but also showcase what Ireland has to offer to the rest of Europe.”
If Ní Riada's efforts come good, Ireland could see a substantial budget to fund different cultural events for the year.
Ireland's active participation in the European Year of Cultural Heritage could give a glimpse as to what is planned for the Galway 2020 - the European Capital of Culture.