OPEN LETTER to the 2020 General Election candidates
Dear candidates in the 2020 General Election,
We are writing this letter on behalf of over 100 artists and companies (who account for over 600 individual practitioners) that are members of ISACS - the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle network.
We are keen to know, if you get elected, how you propose to support and develop the Arts in Ireland.
We are asking all candidates to commit to TWO things:
Increase government investment in the arts in line with Europe
Find a solution to the insurance crisis immediately
1. We support NCFA’s call to commit to at least doubling investment in Culture and the Arts by 2025, over the life of the next government. This includes a commitment to double investment in the Arts Council and Culture Ireland over the same period, as the agencies who directly support artists and their work.
- Government investment in the Arts and Culture in Ireland is lower than any other country in Europe, representing just 0.11% of GDP compared to a European average of 0.6% (Council of Europe)
- The Arts make money for Ireland. For every €1 invested in Arts and Culture, almost €2 is returned in direct taxation to Government (based in €193m investment in 2020, estimate ref Indecon)
- Cultural Tourism is worth over €5.1 billion to the economy, including both domestic and overseas tourism (Failte Ireland)
- 23,000 people are employed in Arts and Culture in Ireland (Census 2016)
- 72% of Artists working in Ireland earn less than the National Minimum Wage (NCFA Survey 2020)
More facts and data here: http://ncfa.ie/2020/01/24/general-election-2020/
- Reduce unfair general damages to reflect international norms and the principles already established by the higher courts - including that ‘minor injuries attract modest damages’
- Review and re-balance the “common duty of care” to require occupiers to take a duty of care that is reasonable, practical and proportionate
- Support a fully-resourced Garda Insurance Fraud Unit
- Insist on insurers committing to a schedule of forecast reductions for planned reforms
Here are the facts supporting this: https://insurancereform.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/AIR-INFOGRAPHIC-FINAL-v4.pdf
We look forward to your response and our representatives would be happy to meet with you to discuss these issues further.
the ISACS Board